The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission dragged former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode to the Ikeja Special Misdemeanor Court on Tuesday for allegedly obtaining a “fabricated” medical report.
Controversial cabinet minister and ruling All Progressives congressman was paraded around 9am before Judge OO Abike-Fadipe by EFCC officers for possible arraignment.
The anti-corruption agency claimed that Fani-Kayode hired a certain Dr. Ogieva Oziegbe to issue the fake medical report, which he allegedly presented to the Federal High Court in his ongoing money laundering trial.
The ex-minister was taken to court by the EFCC on 12 counts.
The indictment read in part: “That you Femi Fani-Kayode on or about October 11, 2021 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court with intent to mislead the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court of Lagos in charge No. FHC/L/251C/2016 fabricated documentary evidence titled: MEDICAL REPORT ON OLUFEMI FANI KAYODE 60 YRS/MALE/HOSP. NO.00345 DATED 10/11/2021 and believed to be issued by Kubwa General Hospital. »
He noted that the offense is contrary and punishable under Section 88(1)(a) of the Lagos State Criminal Act 2015.
EFCC lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo therefore urged the court to accept the defendant’s plea.
However, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun, opposed the prayer, noting that the defense team filed a motion challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
In response, Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the application on the grounds that it was an attempt to derail the trial because the defendant was charged under Lagos law and can only be heard in the jurisdiction of Lagos.
He pointed out that the administration of criminal justice has addressed various antics regarding frivolous demands intended to delay the wheel of justice for failing to derail the trial.
In a counter reaction, 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 to challenge the validity of the prosecution information, but for the courts to preside over the case.
After hearing the lawyers’ submission, Judge Abike-Fadipe reserved his decision until Friday, December 17 to rule on the claim.
Fani-Kayode had a fierce battle with the EFCC for some time and he was once remanded for 67 days in 2016 alongside a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman.
The duo and two others faced 17 counts of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion.
They denied the allegations and each of them was later granted bail of 250 million naira.
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