A second witness identified only as Abidat, who is also a medical doctor, told a special offenses court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos state on Friday how she was called by former aviation minister Femi Fani – Kayode, to get medical reports for different amounts.
The witness said that Fani-Kayode gave him N120,000 for the first falsified medical certificate, N150,000 for the second falsified medical report, N250,000 to obtain the third falsified medical report and N300,000 for the fourth falsified medical report. report.
She also told Judge OO Abike-Fadipe that Fani-Kayode dictated the content of the medical report.
Fani-Kayode faces 12 charges before Judge Abike-Fadipe brought against him by the EFCC over his alleged use of false medical reports presented before Judge Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged fraud of 4.9 billion naira.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Femi Fani-Kayode, on or about October 11, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, fraudulently used a false document entitled: MEDICAL REPORT ON OLUFEMI FANI-KAYODE 60 YEARS OLD /MALE/HOSP.NO 00345 DATED 10/11/2021 before the Federal High Court, Judicial Division of Lagos in charge of No FHC/L/251C/2016, document which you claim to have was issued by Kubwa General Hospital.”
Another count reads: “That you, Femi Fani-Kayode, on or about March 23, 2021 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, fraudulently used a false document entitled: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN RE: FEMI FANI-KAYODE HOSPITAL MEN/60 YEARS OLD No. 32145 DATED MARCH 23, 2021 before the Federal High Court, Judicial Division of Lagos dealing with No. FHC/L/251C/2016, document which you claim to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital.”
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when first arraigned on December 17, 2021.
When the proceedings resumed on Thursday, the first witness for the prosecution, Bassey Amah, who presented himself as Head of Medical Records, Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, was cross-examined by the lead defense lawyer , NI Quakers, SAN.
In cross-examination, Quakers, through the witness, introduced into evidence a certified copy of his hospital identification card, which was later admitted into evidence as Exhibit P2.
The Quakers had noted during cross-examination that on said ID card the witness was identified as Assistant Chief Medical Record Officer, while he told the court that he was the head of the Medical Records Unit of the hospital.
On re-examination by the lead prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, however, the witness clarified that what was on the identity card was his rank and that, by designation, he is the head of the medical records unit.
The defence, also through the witness, introduced into evidence the witness’s out-of-court statement, which was voluntarily provided to the EFCC during the investigations and which was admitted as exhibit P3.
Through the witness, the defense also introduced into evidence the letter from the EFCC addressed to the general manager of the hospital concerning the investigation of the said medical report.
The letter and its attachment were admitted into evidence as Exhibits P4 and P4a.
Upon the release of Pw1, the prosecution team called the second witness, Abidat, a doctor who informed the court how she had been called by FFK to obtain the medical reports for different amounts.
The learned trial judge adjourned the case to allow the prosecution to introduce the witness’ phone into evidence.
The case was adjourned to April 8 and 29, 2022 for further trial.