Information reaching The Trent confirms that a crack-force of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has surrounded the Asokoro home of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode with a view of forcefully arresting him.
In an urgent email to The Trent at about 4.45 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016, Fani-Kayode wrote, “Today the EFCC invited me to to come their office on monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house.
“The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated 6th May. They said I should report on the 9th.
“Can someone pl tell me why they are at my gate? They can’t even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend.
“I never refused their invitation. Why all this? I leave them to God,” he concluded.
According to a source closely monitoring the situation, Fani-Kayode’s lawyers are at the moment engaging the EFCC operatives on the illegality of their actions.
Read our earlier report on this developing story:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, May 6, 2016 sent an invitation to former spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organization, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to appear in the commission’s office in Abuja on Monday, May 9, 2016.
The anti-graft commission delivered the letter, a copy of which has been obtained by The Trent, to Fani-Kayode’s Abuja residence on demanding his presence in their office to explain his role in the presidential campaign funds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 presidential elections.
The former aviation minister has replied to the EFCC through his lawyer, assuring the agency that he would duly honour the invitation to aid their investigation. This information was disclosed by Mr. Jude Ndukwe, a spokesman to Fani-Kayode in an email to The Trent on Friday.
“The EFCC wrote a letter of invitation to my principal, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode this morning asking that he report to their Abuja office on the morning of May 9th for a discussion,” Ndukwe said in an email in response to our enquiry.
“This is the first and only letter of invitation that Chief Fani-Kayode has received from the EFCC and it puts a lie to the shameful allegation that was being peddled around by the Nation newspaper that he had been served with an earlier invitation which he had shunned and that he was running and hiding from the Commission
“The letter of invitation was delivered to his Abuja home and he has responded promptly through his lawyers by assuring the EFCC that he would make himself available on monday morning to assist in their investigations,” he added.
This invitation is coming as Fani-Kayode refuted viral reports that he was hiding from the EFCC and demanded an official invitation by the anti-graft commission rather than trying to criminalise, humiliate, and try him in the media.
The letter was signed by Mr. Mohammed Umar Abba on behalf of the EFCC acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
See the letter below: