It was learnt that the operatives stormed the house located at 5 Zuma Close, Aso Drive, Abuja, in the afternoon and searched the compound.
Nevertheless, Jude Ndukwe, Mr. Fani-Kayode’s media aide, told Punch that the detectives could not gain entry into the main building as it was said to have been locked. As a result, they decided to search the quarters where the domestic servants reside. They arrested the laundry man and took him to their office but later released him.
Although there was no official statement from the EFCC confirming the claim, Thursday’s raid on Fani-Kayode’s Abuja home would be the second in less than a week if it turns out to be true.
The former director of publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign, Mr. Fani-Kayode, who has been in the agency’s custody since he submitted himself to investigators on Monday, is being detained in connection with the N2.5billion illegally withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and paid into the accounts of six chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG).
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Even though ex-minister admitted to receiving the money, he however said he did not know that the money came from the account of the CBN. In an email distributed by Fani-Kayode’s media aide, he disclosed that the operatives entered the building “wielding their guns”. The statement reads:
“Earlier today, the EFCC invaded the residence of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode even when he was still in their custody. What miffed us most was their mode of operation which was forceful, provocative and dangerous as they wielded their guns with needless threats.
The worst is that the invasion was without a warrant as they forced their way in, and after terrifying all the staff at home including the infant, they whisked the laundry man away even though he was later released.
This is the fourth time the EFCC operatives would be invading Chief Fani-Kayode’s residence in just under a week. We condemn this act of executive lawlessness, harassment and intimidation. Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has served this country even at the highest levels and he deserves some courtesy.
We call on the EFCC to endeavour to carry out their functions within the ambit of our laws and stop brazenly betraying the fact that Chief Fani-Kayode is under persecution. The world is watching!”