The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) indicted Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, for allegedly falsifying a medical report to evade trial.
The EFCC, in a 12-count indictment filed in court, accused Fani-Kayode of submitting a false medical report to a federal high court in Ikoyi.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the former aviation minister hired a certain Ogieva Oziegbe to produce the alleged false medical report.
“Procuring the execution of documents under a false pretext contrary to article 369 of the criminal law of the State of Lagos 2015”, states the indictment.
Fani-Kayode, however, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following the defendant’s plea, EFCC lawyer SI Suleiman asked the court to dismiss the former minister pending the start of the trial.
Wale Balogun, the accused’s attorney, however requested the court to grant his client bail in accordance with section 115 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2021, as as amended.
He said the accused had been on trial since 2016 before two judges from the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court and had fulfilled all bail conditions in the cases.
Balogun noted that Fani-Kayode had deposited his international passport in court as part of his bail conditions.
“At the start of the investigation into this case, the accused was invited on November 23 by the EFCC and questioned for several hours and released on bail on self-acknowledgment,” he said.
“He was also invited on November 30 by the commission where he was served with the current accusation.
“He was released to me and I undertook to take him to court for arraignment.
“He is 61 years old and in no way presents a risk of absconding.
“All of the offenses targeted by the charge carry bail, with sentences ranging from three to seven years. We ask that the absolute discretion of your Lordship be applied to the defendant.
Speaking on the request, Abike-Fadipe, the president of the tribunal, said the EFCC did not appear to oppose the bail request.
She also noted that the defendant did not present a risk of absconding.
“The defendant will sign a bond in the amount of 5 million naira and undertake to attend all proceedings in this case,” she said.
“The defendant will present a surety for such a sum which will be domiciled within the jurisdiction of this court; the surety must also execute a surety in the amount of 5 million naira.
Previously, the judge had dismissed the defendant’s claim difficult the jurisdiction of the court to try him on the new charge.
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