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Lagos Court Orders Fani-Kayode’s Remand in EFCC Custody for 3 Weeks

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Femi Fani Kayode

Femi Fani Kayode

An Ikeja Magistrates Court in Lagos on Monday ordered the remand of Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for three weeks.

Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi while ordering Fani-Kayode’s remand said:

The defendant is hereby remanded in EFCC custody for three weeks pending a proper arraignment in court. The applicants have never suppressed the date of the arrest of the defendant before this court.

Also, no evidence of the suit of the defendant before the FCT High Court was tendered by his counsel before the court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC brought Fani-Kayode to court to seek a remand order against him over a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretences and the alleged theft of N1.5 billion property of the Federal Ministry of External Affairs.

According to the anti-graft agency, the remand order is urgently needed to prevent Fani-Kayode from tampering with evidence.

Earlier during the proceedings, counsel to the EFCC, N. M. Anana, urged the court to remand the ex-Minister of Aviation.

“We have an exparte application for an order of remand dated May 10, 2016 made pursuant to Section 261 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law. Attached to the application is a nine-paragraph affidavit of urgency seeking the remand of the defendant in the EFCC custody. We need this order of remand because if he is not remanded, he might interfere with the investigations in this matter, ” Anana said.

Counsel to Fani-Kayode, Wale Balogun, however, opposed the EFFC’s application for remand. He said:

The applicants have suppressed some facts which Your Lordship would question why the application of the EFCC is being taken ex parte.

There is a pending suit before the FCT High Court to challenge the detention of the defendant. The suit number is FCT/HC/1767/2016 between the defendant and the EFCC who are aware of the suit and have been served.

The defendant has been in EFCC detention since May 9th after which he was granted administrative bail the conditions of which he met on May 12th.

In Abuja, they got another detention order for 14 days and what the EFCC did after was to bring him to Lagos.

Balogun urged the court not to detain Fani-Kayode because of the pending suit he had instituted against the EFCC.

“My client’s detention is a breach of the constitution; it is either he is granted bail or charged to court,” Balogun said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

8 Comments

  1. NG

    May 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    A season of anomie. Impunity reigns in the land. This is democracy right? Let us clap to the RULERS of the land, the he/she who must be obeyed and who non must challenge. This is Fani-Kayode that has gone through series of trials that the agents of the powers-that-be need weeks to investigate! What have they been doing since one year that they took over power? The ignorant will clap with glee not realizing that collectively, we die when organs meant to protect society are deployed in vengeful orchestration of needless might against the citizenry.

    Investigate thieves by all means, prosecute them as effectively as you can, but cheap gutter tactics to demean by muscle flexing only ensures that the soul of society is fragmented and the unanimity that ennobles worthy purposes is destroyed…sacrificed on the alter of egoistic pursuit of show of might. We all die a little in the face of such impunity, do not believe otherwise.

  2. Fani power

    May 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    You are in soup,your mouth that’s always driving rough,now is the time to make you sober and vomit part of the fraudulent money in your possession.

  3. Don't mind him

    May 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Don’t mind that joker writing what he likes,let all this fantastically corrupt politicians be kept in prison,it will serve has deterrent to others.The culture of everything goes must stop.The same treatment awaits Buari if he steals when his out of office.

  4. FasholasLover

    May 23, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Buhari makes a whole lotta noise about rooting out corruption in the judiciary. If this is not corruption, what is.? I am not a fan of FFK by the way but, the EFCC took him to an Abuja court and his bail was stringent. Yet, he met it. Why sneak him to Lagos again? On what charges??? This change na wah for waya road.

    There is nothing wrong in criticising the govt’. What is wrong is hounding those who criticise the govt’ using state apparatus.
    A friend actually said Nigerians are lily livered and that all Buhari need do is hound a few people into jail and everybody will be too afraid to talk/criticise.

    I cannot believe most states are owing salaries for months, while the price of fuel was increased without consultation yet, Nigerians just continued as if nothing happened. Even, state govs that have not paid salaries for months were threatening workers with no work pay. Haba! People who are owed salaries in arears? How are they meant to survive in the first place? Yet, everyone goes about their biz as if nothing dey happen. We are a special breed in Nigeri.

  5. Tunde

    May 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    You don’t understand how powerful this fantastically corrupt politicians,and public officials are really.They have a way of getting round must courts.Goverment must make a scape goat of any official they detain and have strong evidence against.No bail for corrupt officials.Thats the only effective way we can kill corruption before it kills the Country.

  6. Heeba

    May 24, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Three weeks is not enough .they should keep him for long as I am enjoying the peace and quiet of his usual ramblings….

  7. Mimi

    May 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    It is their turn & time to humiliate who ever or disrespect whichever court orders as they wish,but dis dumb & failed govt must rmember dat dis institution they are useing in their evil political witch hunting was set up by smbody & tday he is no more in power,Magu should know dat others were there b4 him but tday they are no more there,with one even running helta skelta.I mean the power they have tday,they shall not have tmr so they shall be in d same shoes as dis people they are bein inhuman to bcos they are not saints startn from the president to d cleaners in dis govt.The president wants all his enemies to go thru wat he went thru in d hands of IBB as if they are coup plotters like him.Mscheeeeeewww.Time shall speak

  8. nnenne

    May 25, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Did Buhari not throw people indiscriminately in jail during his first time in government?
    A leopard never changes its color!

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