No bail for Fani-Kayode, sent to prison

Pending the hearing of his bail application, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, was on Tuesday remanded in prison by a federal high court sitting in Lagos.

According to a statement released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the case was moved to July, 1, by the presiding judge, Justice M. S. Hassan.

Fani-Kayode, who served as the 2015 Director of PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, alongside a former Minister of Finance and Director of Finance PDP Presidential campaign, Nenadi Esther Usman, one Danjuma Yusuf and Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited, are facing a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, and corruption

They are accused of illegally disbursing about N4.9 billion belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria for political and personal uses.

Counsel to the accused persons had prayed the court to grant bail to their clients however, the EFCC, through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the court should remand the accused in prison pending when the bail application is considered.
In his ruling, Justice Hassan said, “since the prosecution was only served bail application yesterday, and in the interest of justice, it will be fair if the prosecution is given the opportunity to respond.”

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