Ill Health Stalls Fani-Kayode’s Trial

Femi Fani-Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode

The trial of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was on Wednesday stalled as the defendant could not attend trial due to ill health.

Fani-Kayode was arraigned on November 10 before Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He was accused of diverting the sum of N26 million to which he pleaded not guilty and was subsequently granted bail.

When the case resumed on Wednesday for continuation of hearing, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun, informed the trial judge that his client has taken ill and could not attend the hearing.

Balogun presented a doctor’s report to the Judge, asking for an adjournment to a later date to allow his client access proper medical treatment.

The prosecution team did not oppose the application, prompting Justice Tsoho to adjourn the case to February 6, 2017.

    Recall that Fani-Kayode is also facing separate corruption trials at the federal high court in Lagos.

    He, alongside former finance minister, Nenadi Usman, and one Danjuma Yusuf were sued by the EFCC on a 17-count charge of money laundering to the tune of over N4 billion.

    That trial had been stalled in November following Fani-Kayode’s detention at the time by the EFCC.

    Fani-Kayode was the spokesperson of the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign in 2015, and he has maintained that the federal government was persecuting him because of his outspoken criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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