The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released the embattled former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Friday, after more than two months in their custody.
Fani-Kayode, who has been in detention since May 9, 2016, was released on Friday, after fulfilling his bail conditions, his media adviser said.
In a statement released by the former Minister of Aviation, he said his trial and detention were all politically motivated but that he would not be broken.
His words: “I give thanks to God that I am free after 67 days in detention. I thank my wife, lawyers, children and friends for all their support. This was the worst experience of my life but God was with me all the way. I suffered immeasurably but I count it all as joy. I am innocent of all charges and I look forward to defending myself vigorously in court. These charges are politically motivated and I have been severely punished for my political views and criticisms of the government. They are trying to silence me, break me, discredit me and destroy but as long as Jesus is on the throne this will never work. I am strong and I am bold and the struggle will continue.”
Speaking also, Jude Ndukwe, spokesperson of Fani-Kayode, said;
“Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has met all the conditions for his bail and the relevant documents have been duly filed and submitted at the Federal High Court in Lagos.”
“We are now waiting for the EFCC to verify the documents after which he would be released. Despite the fact that he has been locked up for the last 62 days he remains confident, strong, healthy and in very high spirits.”
“He misses his family very badly, especially his five-month-old son Aragon, and he looks forward to coming home to be with his family, friends and loved ones.”
Fani-Kayode was arraigned along with the ex-Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf, on June 28, 2016 before Justice Hassan on 17 counts of conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering.
After weeks in detention, Mr. Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4, but he was still kept in custody pending his meeting the requirements for his bail.