LAGOS — The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has obtained an official permit on Monday from a Magistrate court sitting in Ikeja, to detain former minister of aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode for another 21 days.
An application brought by the agency before the court requested to remand Fani-Kayode in custody for further investigations to be carried out into the alleged N1.5 billion fraud charges against him, pending when he would be brought before a regular court.
After hearing the arguments canvassed by the lawyers representing the anti-graft agency, Mr. A. N. Anana and Fani- Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi granted the remand application. The court subsequently granted the request and ordered that he be kept for 21 days.
The EFCC had argued the remand application which was brought pursuant to section 261 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2011, of Lagos State, was to detain 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.
Contradicting the remand application, Mr. Kayode’s defense Attorney, Balogun, argued that the anti-graft agency’s application was brought in breach of his client’s constitutional rights, adding that the defendant had been granted an administrative bail by the EFCC but it refused to allow him perfect the bail.
The attorney argued that the anti-graft agency had secured the same order of remand before an Abuja Chief Magistrate court, claiming the application is an abuse of court process. Balogun therefore urged the court to dismiss the remand order against his client.
Ruling against Kayode’s bail application, the Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi said he failed to present any material evidence before the court to support the argument that the defendant (Kayode) has been charged before any court for the alleged offence.
However, Mr. Kayode seemed unruffled about his present predicament as he was sharing jokes with his friends and lawyers.