A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release the travelling passport belonging to the Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, which had been seized in December 2008 on the orders of Justice Ramat Mohammed.
Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation has been facing money laundering charges, although 38 of the 40 charges initially leveled against him have been thrown out by the court.
Making the ruling was Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, who directed the EFCC to release Fani-Kayode’s passport to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, Mr. Bello Okandeji, adding that if Fani-Kayode needed the passport, a formal application should be filed and addressed to the court, copying the Attorney-General of the Federation.
She also said Fani-Kayode was mandated to disclose his destination and purpose of his travel, adding that he must not spend more than 31 days outside the country until his case with the EFCC is brought to conclusion.
The judge said: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission shall bring the passport of the accused person to court within seven days.”