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Monday 23 May 2016

EFCC obtains another warrant to detain Fani Kayode for 21 days

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was Monday ordered to be  remanded in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by a Lagos State Magistrate court sitting in Ikeja for 21 days. 

The EFCC has brought an application before  the court seeking to remand Fani Kayode in custody to enable it conduct further investigation into the alleged N1.5 bn fraud leveled against him pending when he will be brought before a regular court. 

After hearing the arguments canvassed by the lawyers representing the anti-graft agency, Mr. A. N. Anana and Fani- Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi granted the remand application. The court subsequently granted the request and ordered that he be kept for 21 days. 

The body had argued that the remand application which was brought pursuant to section 261 of the  Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2011, of Lagos State, was to remand the former  spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 general election, pending when he will be properly arraigned at the appropriate Court. 

Fani Kayode’s lawyer, Balogun while  opposing the EFCC’s remand application, argued that the anti-graft agency’s application was brought in breach of  his  constitutional rights, adding that the defendant had been granted an administrative bail by the EFCC but it refused to allow him perfect the bail. He argued that the anti-graft agency had secured the same order of remand before an Abuja Chief Magistrate court, claiming the application is an abuse of court process. 

The lawyer therefore urged the court to dismiss the EFCC’s application against his client who appeared in court on kaftan and Kito robber slippers. Dismissing Kayode’s application, the  Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi ruled that he failed to present any material evidence before the court to support the argument that the former Minister of Aviation has been charged before any court for the alleged offence. 

The Magistrate subsequently ordered that Fani Kayode be remanded at the EFCC’s custody for 21 days pending when he will be arraigned at the appropriate court. The former minister was however unruffled about the whole process as he was sharing jokes with his lawyers and some of his friends.


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