The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on a recent improvement bordering on forgery earlier than a Federal High Court, Lagos State.
The Lagos EFCC workplace is anticipating Fani-Kayode on November 24, 2021, to reply questions on potential forgery of hospital paperwork to hoodwink the court docket dealing with the case in opposition to him on money-laundering allegations with a view to stalling listening to.
According to The ICIR, Fani-Kayode may nicely be deploying a contrived technique between him and a few medical personnel on the medical excuses to allow him to evade trial.
The EFCC, after receiving the defendant’s newest letter, noticed the pattern Fani-Kayode’s letters had taken in getting adjournments and determined to take a tough take a look at the event.
The company noticed all of the letters have been supposedly issued from the Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, besides one issued from the Federal Staff Hospital, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja.
The letters have been signed by totally different docs, with the final one in October stating that the “patient (Fani-Kayode) has been diagnosed by one Dr. S. A. Tobechukwu” and signed by him.
The company wrote to the Kubwa General Hospital on October 12, 2021 in search of authenticity of the letter. The hospital replied the subsequent day, October 13, 2021, debunking Fani-Kayode’s declare and declaring there was no Doctor Tobechukwu in its employment and that, actually, not one of the names of the ‘doctors’ who purportedly issued the 5 letters existed within the hospital’s information.
The hospital additionally disclosed that no Femi Fani-Kayode had ever been recognized or handled as a affected person on the hospital. The letterhead on the paper that Fani-Kayode used for his letters, the hospital acknowledged, was faux and didn’t bear its reference quantity, simply because the format of the affected person’s quantity that he used didn’t tally with the format within the hospital’s database.
Consequent upon that discovering, the EFCC wrote to Fani-Kayode on November 4, 2021, inviting him to report at its Lagos workplace on November 10, 2021, for a chat.
Fani-Kayode responded to the EFCC letter on November 9, 2021, stating he could be unable to honour the invitation as a result of he could be showing earlier than an Abuja court docket on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, in a prison case, and would want to organize for the case together with his legal professionals.
He requested that the company shift the date to November 17 or 18, 2021.
But he didn’t present up on the newly appointed day.
He, nonetheless, mentioned he would honour the invitation on November 24, 2021, and ought to be allowed to look on the Abuja workplace as an alternative of the Lagos workplace of the EFCC.
But the company promptly rejected his request to look on the Abuja workplace fairly than the Lagos workplace as the cash laundering case in opposition to him that had elicited the invitation to him was being heard at a Federal High Court, Lagos, and never in Abuja.
The EFCC had on June 28, 2016, arraigned Fani-Kayode; Nenadi Usman, who was the Minister of State for Finance in the course of the former president Goodluck Jonathan administration; Yusuf Danjuma, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), and a restricted legal responsibility firm, Jointrust Dimentions Nig. Ltd. earlier than Justice
Muhammed Aikawa on a 17-count cost of the N4.6 billion cash laundering trial.
The defendants have been alleged to have dedicated the offences between January and March 2015, shortly earlier than Jonathan left workplace in May 2015 following his defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari within the presidential election. Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Media and Publicity within the Jonathan authorities and a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in September this 12 months.