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Court rejects EFCC’s request to arrest Femi Fani-Kayode

An application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the arrest of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was on Wednesday, December 2 rejected by a Federal High Court in Abuja. 

This came after EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar requested for an arrest warrant from the court in opposition to the ex-minister following his absence from Wednesday’s proceedings of his trial involving alleged diversion of N26m he acquired from the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in 2014.

Femi Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Balogun nevertheless opposed the appliance and in addition tendered a medical report dated November 24, 2020, by which the previous minister was advised to observe some bed rest.

Ruling on the application, Justice John Tsoho, who is also the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court rejected on grounds of FFK’s lawyer showing that he had justifiable grounds to be absent from the trial on Wednesday.

The case was then adjourned until February 23 and 24. 

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