The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode to a special court in Lagos, Ikeja, on allegations of forgery and obtaining execution of a document under a false pretext.
Fani-Kayode was moored in front of Judge OO Abike-Fadipe for a 12-count charge which borders on obtaining the medical report of a certain Dr Ogieva Oziegbe with inventory number 00345 dated October 11 2021.
The Anti-Transplant Commission alleged that Femi Fani-Kayode, on October 11, 2021, in Kubwa, Abuja, fraudulently partnered with a certain Dr Ogieva Oziegbe to execute a document titled: MEDICAL REPORT ON Olufemi Fani Kayode 60 YEARS OLD / MALE / HOSP. NO.00345 and allegedly issued by Kubwa General Hospital.
The EFCC has declared that obtaining and executing documents under false pretenses violates Article 369 of Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.
Appearing in court, EFCC lawyer Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo urged the court to accept the defendant’s plea on the allegation.
But the accused’s lawyer, Mr Wale Balogun, objected to the EFCC’s prayer, arguing that the defense team had filed a request to challenge the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case. .
In response, Mr Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the claim on the grounds that it was an attempt to derail the trial because the defendant was accused of Lagos law and cannot be heard. than in the jurisdiction of Lagos.
He pointed out that the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJL) has addressed various frivolous requests intended to delay the wheel of justice so as not to succeed in derailing the trial.
In a counter reaction, Mr. Balogun told the court that the various authorities cited by the prosecution to support his claims were misinterpreted. He noted that the request is not intended to challenge the validity of the information on the prosecution, but the courts to preside over the case.
Balogun, however, urged the court to consider the claim and rule on it before the plea could be taken.
Following the arguments and observations of the lawyers, Judge Abike-Fadipe set December 17, 2021 to rule on their requests.