Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister, slumped while in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday, said his aide on Monday.
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The alarm was raised in a statement on Monday night by his spokesman on Media, Jude Ndukwe.
“But for the quick and professional intervention of the medical team in the EFCC medical facilities, the story could have been different, it could have been fatal!” he said.
“We must commend the medical staff at the Commission’s medical facility. They were prompt in their response, and very impressive in their care. It is very heartwarming to know that some professionals have not allowed the political witch hunt and persecution of political opponents and perceived enemies taint their professional calling. We hope this extends to all facets of the Nigerian society.”
Fani-Kayode had been re-arrested by detectives of the anti-graft agency outside the premises of the Federal High Court along Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos last week Friday.
He was picked up after attending his trial over an alleged fraud of N4.9bn before Justice Muslim Hassan.
The charismatic ex-minister is standing trial for allegedly receiving illicit funds from former National Security Adviser – an allegation he vehemently denied, saying the Muhammadu Buhari administration is targeting him as part of a wider campaign to silence opposition politicians.
Ndukwe also said Mr. Fani-Kayode’s health condition had been communicated to the EFCC, but lashed the commission for re-arresting him.
“It is therefore shocking that having known these facts, the EFCC still acted in a most unprofessional and crude way by re-arresting a man who has never been known to turn down their invitation even for once, who was since granted administrative bail by the same Commission after meeting the stringent conditions set by them; a man who is also supposed to be on bail as granted by the courts after fulfilling the conditions, and who even has his international passport still lodged with the Commission,” he said.
“Although Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was yet to complete the recovery therapy he was undergoing after spending the initial 67 grueling days in EFCC custody wherein he was also physically attacked by one of the Commission’s agents, in deference to the law and the Commission, he painfully but willingly cut short his therapy and medical checks to attend court proceedings.
“One would have thought that these were enough to convince EFCC that Fani-Kayode was very willing to face his persecutors in court. But rather than be humane in their conduct, EFCC hounded him for the umpteenth time on that fateful Friday and have since kept him in custody.”