The request of former Finance Minister (state) Senator Nenadi Usman, who is standing trial for fraud and money laundering to travel abroad so as to be treated for breast cancer, was on Tuesday granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
Senator Usman alongside former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, former National Chairman of the Association of Local Government in Nigeria (ALGON) Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Ltd. were re-arraigned for alleged N4.6billion laundering and fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The accused pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge of money laundering.
Senator Usman had on her part asked the court through an application by her lawyer to release her International Passport to enable her travel abroad on December 18 for cancer treatment, adding that she would be away for 45 days, and promised not to jump bail.
The ex-minister’s application was not opposed by EFCC’s lawyer, and was eventually granted by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, who directed her to submit her International Passport to the court’s Deputy Registrar on her returns, and warned her of the dire consequences of jumping bail.
Justice Aikawa adjourned until January 31, 2018.