There are strong indications emerging that the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was in Kuje prison in Abuja as of Monday, November 14.
These led to his absence and the subsequent cessation of his trial and that of two others for an alleged fraud of N4.9bn before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
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Fani-Kayode, alongside Nenadi Usman, a former finance minister and one Danjuma Yusuf are currently facing trial of over N4.9billion charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency had preferred a 17-count charge bordering on the alleged offence after which they pleaded guilty and were granted bail by the court.
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During court sitting, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Balogun, informed the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, that his client was unable to come to court because he was in Kuje prison in Abuja as of Monday morning.
“My lord, the second accused (Fani-Kayode) was kept in custody of the prosecution for 21 days without any word, and finally, arraigned on November 10 before your learned brother, Justice John Tsoho in Abuja, on a five-count charge bordering on N26million.
“He was subsequently remanded at the Kuje prisons, and in view of this, we are helpless, as his bail conditions have not been perfected in spite of frantic efforts by family and friends,” Balogun said.
The matter was thereafter adjourned to December 12, 2016.