Femi Fani-Kayode has Finally Been Released From Detention
Femi Fani-Kayode has finally been released after spending more than two months in detention.
According to Premium Times, the former Minister of Aviation was released today from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his media adviser confirmed.
Embattled former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, was on Friday released after more than two months in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his media adviser said.
Jude Ndukwe told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Fani-Kayode was released Friday evening, and that he was likely to travel from Lagos where he was held, to Abuja later tonight.
“Yes, he’d confirmed to me that he’d been released,” Mr. Ndukwe said in a brief telephone exchange at 7:13 p.m. “It’s still possible he might come to Abuja tonight if he’s able to.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode had been in detention since his arrest on May 9, 2016, in Abuja.
He was later transferred to Lagos where the EFCC slammed a 17-count charge on him, accusing the former minister of misappropriating government money.
After weeks in detention, Mr. Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4, but he was still kept in custody pending his meeting the requirements for his bail.
A former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and a man, Danjuma Yusuf, who were charged alongside Mr. Fani-Kayode, were also given similar bail conditions.
It was not immediately clear whether the two had met their bail conditions.
Fani-Kayode was invited by the EFCC on May 9. In its letter, the EFCC said it was investigating a case of criminal conspiracy and money laundering involving a company linked to Mr Fani-Kayode. The company is believed to have been involved in diversion of campaign funds belonging to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Fani-Kayode was later slammed with a 17-count charge after the commission transferred him to Lagos.
On July 4, the former minister was admitted to a bail of N250 million and was still remanded in EFCC custody pending his meeting the conditions.
It is unclear if he finally met the conditions, but in his statement to Premium Times, his media adviser, Jude Ndukwe, had this to say:
“Yes, he’d confirmed to me that he’d been released. It’s still possible he might come to Abuja tonight if he’s able to.”
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