Former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says he has uncovered a plot by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest him on trumped-up charges.
Writing on his Facebook page on Thursday Fani-Kayode said the anti-graft agency is acting on the orders of the Presidency.
The statement read, “I have been reliably informed by my sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that they are planning to re-arrest and detain me for as long as possible once again even though I have been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos.
“Fresh charges were filed against me by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 7th. The allegations border on a baseless allegation and false claim that I received twenty six million naira from the NSA’s office in 2014. These are politically-motivated charges and there is no truth in or substance to them whatsoever.
“The case has been assigned to a judge and the date for arraignment has been set for 10th November before Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“My lawyers were in court for the original date of arraignment on the 14th of October but for some curious reason the EFCC did not show up on that day.
“The matter was therefore adjourned till 10th November and my lawyers have given an undertaking to the Judge to ensure that I am in court on that day. They have also written to the EFCC to that effect and our letter was acknowledged by them.
‘Because of that the matter is now seized of the court yet the EFCC are still planning to arrest me probably at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos after I appear there on Friday 21st October to attend my trial on the trumped up and, again, politically-motivated charges concerning the presidential campaign funds.
“If they do not arrest me then they will arrest me and seek to detain me for as long as possible soon after that. Whichever way they will come and I am ready for them. I am not running.
“The truth is that the EFCC are a ready, willing and able tool in the hands of the hawks and hardliners in the Buhari administration and they are apparantly acting on orders.
“They are desperate to keep me out of circulation and off the streets and I have been reliably informed that they were ordered to ensure that that is the case by the Presidency.
“They are also eager to arrest and detain my wife and my 8 month old son just to hurt and spite me even though they have done absolutely NOTHING wrong.
“By the time I am in their custody they will start churning out all manner of garbage and lies to the media about me and my family and they will say all sorts of things about supposedly new matters which they have “just discovered” and “fresh allegations”.
“They will even claim that I have admitted to certain crimes, that I have been badly implicated and that I in turn have implicated other people. Please do NOT believe a word of these dirty lies when they start flowing. It is called disinformation and the EFCC indulge in it all the time.
“That is their stock in trade and they will feed the press with all manner of garbage knowing that I am not there to defend myself, to set the record straight or to expose their fabrications.
“That is their way. That is their style. They will say and do anything to demonise, humiliate, destroy, convict on the pages of newspapers and detain indefinately (with the aid of questionable detention orders from equally questionable magistrates and judges) those that they hate and all their perceived enemies.
“Their plan is to attempt to justify keeping me off the streets for the next one month and even longer even though I am already out on court bail.
“I have known about this evil plan for over one month now and I am not deterred. I am not scared or intimidated and I urge them to do their worse and let God judge between us.
“The more evil they do to me, the more the coals of fire will pour on their heads. Also the more the President will continue to fail woefully and have all manner of strange and inexplicable problems.
‘Wickedness and wicked men never last. No matter what they do to me that is my consolation. They are bullies and cowards and they have no shame.
“My only crime is that I have spoken the bitter truth to power and I am very proud of that.
“That is what God created me to do. It is my calling and I stand by every word that I have ever said about this President and this evil, corrupt and inept government.
“As long as there is life and breath in me I will continue to speak the truth and fight for a better Nigeria.
“This government is vicious, vengeful, inept and toxic and so is their willing tool the EFCC.
“As I am in their cells and subjected to their barbaric torture and wicked and inhuman treatment for another period of time I shall continue to pray for Nigeria.
“I shall also remain strong in my faith and continue to trust in my Lord.
“I urge all those that believe in me, read my essays, follow my posts and share my vision and views to stay strong, to keep the flag flying, to fight a good fight and to never give up or falter despite the tyranny that we face and the fascists that we are confronted with.
“They may have today but tomorrow belongs to us. In the end our God will rise up in His power and in His might and He will rid us of this evil and this terrible and accursed affliction.
“In the end, despite all their lies, falsehood, misrepresentation, malevolence, malice and vicious persecution, we shall prevail because our God is mighty.
“Therefore stand tall, stand strong and have no fear. For even though the night may be dark, joy comes in the morning.
‘I love you all and thank you for your continous prayers, love and support and for having faith in me. You humble, strengthen and inspire me. Every single one of you.
“I go forth to carry my cross. I go forth to follow my calling. I go forth to walk into my glorious destiny. God bless you. Shalom.”
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.