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N4.6billion Fraud: Court Fines Discredited Ex-Minister, Fani-Kayode Over Absence In Trial




The Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos State on Wednesday awarded N200,000 price towards discredited former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for his absence from court docket to take his plea on an alleged N4.6 billion fraud. 

Fani-Kayode is being prosecuted earlier than the court docket by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) alongside a former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Nenadi Esther Usman, and one Danjuma Yusuf, a former chairman of ALGON, and a restricted legal responsibility firm, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Restricted.

The defendants’ prosecution had commenced since 2016, earlier than Justice Sule Muslim Hassan, who has been elevated to the Courtroom of Enchantment.

Halfway to their trial earlier than Justice Hassan, the defendants’ case file was transferred to Justice Rilwan Aikawa, on the bottom that Justice Hassan, was previously a authorized officer with the prosecuting company (EFCC).

Nonetheless, whereas the matter was pending earlier than Justice Aikawa, the defendants’ pleas had been retaken.

Additionally, halfway to the defendants’ trial, Justice Aikawa was transferred to a different jurisdisction of the court docket; therefore their case file was transferred to the brand new Choose, Justice Osiagor, for the matter to begin afresh.

On the resumed listening to of the matter immediately, the prosecutor, Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari, knowledgeable the court docket that the matter was to begin afresh, however Fani-Kayode, who’s the second defendant, was not in court docket to take his plea.

The prosecutor subsequently urged the court docket to revoke the previous Minister’s bail.

Nonetheless, Fani-Kayode’s counsel, F. B. Ajudua, pleaded with the court docket to not revoke his bail, saying {that a} letter has been written on behalf of his shopper who he claimed is presently on ‘mattress relaxation’, at Kubwa Basic Hospital, Abuja.

Ajudua additionally informed the court docket that the second defendant has been readily attending his trial because the matter commenced in 2016.

He apologised for Fani-Kayode’s absence, begged the court docket to not revoke his bail, and in addition requested for a brief adjournment.

However the trial choose, upon perusing the court docket’s information, found that the previous Minister had been absent from court docket for 5 occasions, a improvement which the choose mentioned has stalled the sleek listening to of the cost.

Justice Osiagor, subsequently gave two choices of both to revoke his bail or a positive of N200, 000, 00, and his counsel opted for positive possibility.

Following the positive possibility chosen by the Counsel, Justice Osiagor, fined the previous Minister N200,000,00 price, which he ordered have to be paid earlier than the subsequent adjourned date.

The matter has been adjourned until November 30, for the defendants’ rearraignment.

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