Former Minister Fani-Kayode To Be Tried For Money Laundering On November 11

Former Minister Fani-Kayode To Be Tried For Money Laundering On November 11

By Agency Reports on October 28, 2014
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NAN – A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday adjourned till November 11 the trial of ex-Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who is standing trial for alleged money laundering.

Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, is being tried for an amended 40 counts bordering on money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suit, which was earlier fixed for the hearing of addresses of counsel, on Tuesday suffered another adjournment.

No reason was, however, given for the adjournment.

The court’s registrars only informed parties that the suit had been scheduled for a further date.

NAN also reports that the EFCC had opened its case on March 10.

It called a total of six witnesses including Investigating Police Officers, bank legal officer, relationship officer and a former aide to Fani-Kayode.

All witnesses had given testimonies as to their relationship with the accused as well as the manner of investigations conducted on him.

The EFCC closed its case on July 10, while counsel for the accused, Mr Wale Akoni (SAN), informed the court of his intention to file an application for a no-case submission on behalf of the accused.

The judge had adjourned the case to take addresses from counsel.

Fani-Kayode was first arraigned sometime in December 2008 before Justice Ramat Mohammed on 47 counts.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and Justice Mohammed granted him bail in the sum of N200m with two sureties in like sum.

He was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako following the transfer of Mohammed from the Lagos Division.

The accused was again re-arraigned before Justice Ajumogobia on Feb. 11, 2013 after the transfer of Murtala-Nyako.

On March 6, he was re-arraigned before Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia following the amendment of the 47 counts to 40 counts with the EFCC dropping seven of the counts.

Ajumogobia is the third judge to handle the case in the last five years.

In the charge, the accused was alleged to have carried out transactions with funds exceeding N500, 000 without going through a financial institution.

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