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General News of Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Alleged Forgery: Fani-Kayode says he was not arrested, announces release by EFCC

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode arrives in Lagos after his invitation Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode arrives in Lagos after his invitation

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has disclosed he is out of the grasp of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after his invitation on Tuesday, November 23 over forgery allegation.

This was confirmed in a tweet he shared on his official Twitter handle on the said date.

"Just arrived at the George Hotel for dinner. I was never arrested by the EFCC. I was invited & I flew down to Lagos to see them. I arrived in their office at 2.00pm & left at 8.30pm. I was granted bail on self-recognition. They were very polite & professional. Thanks be to God," he wrote.

His tweet was accompanied by his pictures which he indicated were taken at George Hotel.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson of the commission told Premium Times “I don’t have the details you are asking for. It happened in Lagos.” when contacted for comments.

The antigraft agency had earlier invited Fani Kayode to its Lagos office on grounds of forgery and fraud.

Close sources who spoke to Premium Times said the former aviation minister was
being investigated for forgery of his medical report to evade his ongoing trial for alleged fraud.

The EFCC is prosecuting Mr Fani-Kayode and two others on 17 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud to the tune of N4.9 billion.

The Federal High Court in Lagos had awarded a fine of N200,000 against the former minister for his absence from court wirh respect to the alleged N4.9 billion fraud.

The judge, Daniel Osaigor, who gave the order on October 13, asked the minister to pay the fine or stand the risk of having his bail revoked for failing to appear for his re-arraignment.

The matter was adjourned till November 30, 2021, for the re-arraignment of the defendants.

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