Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has been re-arrested by agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Fani-Kayode was picked by operatives of the anti-graft commission at about 1.55pm on Friday, October 21, 2016 outside the premises of the Federal High Court on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos.
He who was in court for his trial over N800 million he received for his directorate as the spokesperson for the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign of 2015, was re-arrested shortly after he stepped out of the court premises.
The vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari government had raised alarm a day prior, warning that he had become a target of the Buhari regime and exposed the plot to arrest him today.
“I have been reliably informed by my sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that they are planning to re-arrest and detain me for as long as possible once again even though I have been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos,” Chief Fani-Kayode wrote in an opinion-editorial on Thursday.
“Fresh charges were filed against me by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 7th. The allegations border on a baseless allegation and false claim that I received twenty six million naira from the NSA’s office in 2014. These are politically-motivated charges and there is no truth in or substance to them whatsoever.
“The case has been assigned to a judge and the date for arraignment has been set for 10th November before Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“My lawyers were in court for the original date of arraignment on the 14th of October but for some curious reason the EFCC did not show up on that day.
“The matter was therefore adjourned till 10th November and my lawyers have given an undertaking to the Judge to ensure that I am in court on that day. They have also written to the EFCC to that effect and our letter was acknowledged by them.
:Because of that the matter is now seized of the court yet the EFCC are still planning to arrest me probably at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos after I appear there on friday 21st October to attend my trial on the trumped up and, again, politically-motivated charges concerning the presidential campaign funds.
“If they do not arrest me then they will arrest me and seek to detain me for as long as possible soon after that. Whichever way they will come and I am ready for them. I am not running.
“The truth is that the EFCC are a ready, willing and able tool in the hands of the hawks and hardliners in the Buhari administration and they are apparently acting on orders,” the editorial said in part.