The Spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that he is being pressured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to refund N840 million without trial.
This is just as the anti-graft agency has set a new date to arraign the former Aviation Minister and a former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, over an alleged N1.5 billion fraud.
The EFCC is accusing the two former ministers, a firm, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited; and one Jimoh Yusuf with a 17-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering.
In the first count of the charge, “Nnenadi Esther Usman, Femi Fani-Kayode, Danjuman Yusuf And Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria LTD on or about the 8th day of January, 2015, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired to indirectly retain the sum of N1.5 billion, a sum the EFCC says they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing.
“They therefore committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Offence is punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act”.
The commission had earlier fixed yesterday for the arraignment of the two former ministers before Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
It is not clear why the arraignment was shifted to Tuesday next week, but reports say it may not be unconnected with the busy schedule of the court and the prosecuting agency.
Among those to testify against the two former ministers are representatives of Zenith Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Skye Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, First Bank Plc and Wema Bank Plc.
Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode, has requested the Federal High Court, Lagos, to grant him a 24 hours bail.
In the motion for bail filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), the ex minister told the court that he would be ready and willing to provide a responsible surety(ies) as may be required by the court as a condition(s) for the grant of his application.
He also alleged that he is being pressured by EFCC to refund N84o million without trial.