The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode after grilling him for hours.
Fani-Kayode was stated to have been questioned over alleged forgery and manipulation of paperwork.
The former minister, who just lately defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was invited to reply questions referring to the forgery of a medical report which he allegedly procured to evade his trial earlier than a Federal High Court in Lagos, it was learnt.
However, it was gathered that the previous minister arrived on the Lagos workplace of the fee in firm along with his lawyer round 2 pm and left at 8.30 pm.
The minister in a mail on Tuesday night confirmed being grilled by EFCC however denied being arrested.
He stated, “Just arrived at the George Hotel for dinner. I was never arrested by the EFCC. I was invited & I flew down to Lagos to see them. I arrived in their office at 2.00pm & left at 8.30pm. I was granted bail on self recognition. They were very polite & professional. Thanks be to God.”
Fani-Kayode can also be standing trial over an alleged N4.6 billion fraud earlier than Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The EFCC had charged him alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and two others on 17 counts of conspiracy, cash laundering, and fraud.
At the final sitting of the court docket on October 13, the choose had imposed a value of N200,000 on him as a result of his failure to seem earlier than the court docket for his re-arraignment following the switch of the previous trial choose, Justice Rilwan Aikawa.
He was ordered to pay the effective or stand the chance of getting his bail revoked after he failed to seem earlier than the court docket for his re-arraignment.
Instead of displaying up in court docket for his re-arraignment, the previous minister had despatched a letter to the court docket, claiming that his medical doctors had positioned him on mattress relaxation.
Counsel for the EFCC, Mrs Bilikisu Buhari had knowledgeable the court docket that the letters by the second defendant had grow to be quite a few and had additionally grow to be an excuse for him to evade trial.
“This is the third time he will be writing this type of letter from the same hospital. Whenever he doesn’t want to attend court, this is the type of letter we get,” she said.
But Fani-Kayode’s counsel, Bobo Fred-Ajudua, interrupted and informed the judge that although his client’s illness was a recurring one, he had attended court regularly, and this could be shown from the court’s records.
He, thereafter, asked the court to grant an adjournment in favour of his client. At that point, the trial judge decided to go through the court’s file and after searching, he discovered that the second defendant had actually sought a similar medical excuse five times.
The court then asked the defence counsel to take one of two options which were to either revoke the bail of the second defendant or to impose a fine of N200,000 to be paid before the next trial date.
“From my records, the second defendant had written the court five times excusing his trial on medical grounds. February 1, 2018; May 30, 2019; November 24, 2020; March 21, 2021, and today’s letter dated October 9, 2021.
“The second defendant is to pay a cost of N200,000 before the next adjourned date, as the recurring medical excuses have been a pattern that slows down this trial,” the choose held.
The defence counsel selected the latter choice.
Justice Osaigor then adjourned the case till November 30 for re-arraignment of all of the defendants.