Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, has been re-arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count fraud allegation.
On Monday, the former minister was charged with conspiracy and unlawful retention of funds alongside Nenadi Usman, a former minister of state for finance; Danjuma Yusuf, a former national chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON); and a company, Joint-Trust Dimensions Nigeria Limited.
The defendants have entered not guilty pleas.
The prosecution's lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, requested a trial date based on their pleas.
Following their plea, Ferdinand Orbih, counsel for the first defendant (Usman), asked the court to allow the defendants to remain on the court's bail terms.
Although EFCC counsel Oyedepo did not oppose the first and third defendants' bail applications because they had never breached their previous bail restrictions, he did oppose Fani-bail Kayode's application.
He brought forward suspicions that the former minister faked medical records in order to delay the trial. Fani-Kayode's lawyer, Norrison Quakers, argued that his client "is not a flight risk and has not violated the terms of his bail condition."
The judge, Daniel Osiagor, granted the defense's requests and ruled that the defendants should be released on their existing bail. The matter has now been adjourned to March 17.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.