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EFCC Files Fresh Charges Against Fani-Kayode

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed fresh money laundering charges against a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

The  charges were filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Fani-Kayode was the director of media and publicity in the campaign organisation of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He is already standing trial before the Lagos division of the Federal High Court alongside Nenadi Usman; Danjuma Yusuf and a firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

They were charged with unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to the tune of N4.9 billion.

However, they were granted bail by Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos to the tune of N250 million with  two sureties each who own landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction, as well as deposit their travel passports with the court.

But in the fresh charges numbered, FHC/ABJ/CR/140/2016, Fani-Kayode is the sole defendant.The EFCC in the fresh case filed five counts in which it accused the defendant of diverting N26m allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser while Sambo Dsuki was in office.

He was also accused of handling the said N26m without going through financial institution as required under the Money Laundering Act.The case was mentioned before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday. The prosecution was absent at the proceedings.

Although Fani-Kayode was absent, he was represented by a team of lawyers led by Mr. Wale Balogun. Balogun wondered why the prosecution who filed the charges was not aware of the proceedings. complained that his client had yet to be served with the charges as required.

He sought an adjournment and the judge adjourned till November 10 for arraignment.

The judge also ordered that hearing notice be served on the EFCC.

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