Why Fani Kayode will remain in detention

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday, granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC) to remand a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi-Fani Kayode on alleged N1.5bn fraud.

Chief Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi (Mrs) granted the remand application after hearing arguments of lawyers representing the anti-graft agency, Mr. A. N. Anana and Faki Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun.

The EFCC had argued that the remand application which was pursuant to section 261 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2011, of Lagos State, was to remand the former spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in the 2015 general election, pending when he will be properly arraigned at the appropriate court.

However in opposition to the EFCC’s remand application, Fani Kayode’s lawyer, Balogun, argued that the anti-graft application was to breach his constitutional rights, adding that the defendant had been granted an administrative bail, and perfect such, but the EFCC never granted him freedom.

He also informed the court the anti-graft agency had gotten the same order of remand before an Abuja Chief Magistrate court.

He therefore urged the court to disregard the EFCC’s remand application against his client.

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But Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi while dismissing Kayode’s application ruled that he failed to exhibit any document before the court to show that the former Minister of Aviation has been charged before any court for the alleged offence.

Consequently, the court ordered that Fani Kayode be remanded at the EFCC’s custody for 21 days pending when he will be arraigned at the appropriate court just as the case was adjourned till June 15, for further hearing.

Fani Kayode, who was brought to court in white caftan and a pair of rubber slippers, was driven away in a white Hiace Bus marked Abuja BWR 641 GA, after the remand order.

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