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Alleged forgery: EFCC ‘invites’ Fani-Kayode to office on court premises

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Fani-Kayode during one of his court appearances

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has taken a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, to its Lagos office for questioning over alleged forgery.

Fani-Kayode was taken by the EFCC on Tuesday after he attended a court proceeding at a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Sources close to him stated that he was not arrested but re-invited by the anti-graft agency.

The EFCC is, however, trying Fani-Kayode alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenandi Usman; a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Yusuf Danjuma; and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited on 17 counts of laundering N4.6bn, which contravened the provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

At the court sitting on Tuesday, all the defendants were present.

However, the prosecution’s counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, did not oppose the letter of Usman’s counsel, who was absent.

Oyedepo informed the court that the prosecution was glad that the court had figured out from its record that Fani-Kayode had sought repeated excuses from the court, adding that the prosecution had recently discovered that all letters, sent by Fani-Kayode, were fakes.

The court stopped the prosecutor on the grounds that it was a matter the agency ought to trash out before the court acted on the adjournment prayer.

Justice Mohammed Aikawa adjourned the case till January 24, 2022.

However, as Fani-Kayode stepped out of the court, an EFCC investigator, Mr Shehu Shuaibu, walked up to him alongside the prosecutor and after a brief chat, the defendant entered his vehicle and followed the EFCC operatives to their office.

The operative told journalists that Fani-Kayode was in EFFC’s custody for questioning over the false documents.

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