Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has finally been released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fani-Kayode who has spent 67 days in the custody of the antigraft agency over charges of corruption and money laundering levied against him.
Mr Fani-Kayode was released at about 6:30pm in Lagos on Friday after over two months.
Few days back, Mr. Fani-Kayode had fulfilled his bail conditions with the EFCC after relevant documents were submitted to the agency for verification.
Media Adviser to the former minister, Jude Ndukwe confirmed his release on Friday evening.
Shortly after his release, Fani-Kayode speaking to newsmen said,
“I give thanks to God that I am free after 67 days in detention.
“This was the worst experience of my life but God was with me all the way. I suffered immeasurably but I count it all as joy.
“I am innocent of all charges and I look forward to defending myself vigorously in court.
“These charges are politically motivated and I have been severely punished for my political views and criticisms of the government.”
The former aviation minister was arrested by the EFCC over alleged 1.5 billion Naira fraud and was charged alongside a former Minister of Finance, Hajia Nenadi Usman; a firm, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited; and one Jimoh Yusuf.
Femi Fani-Kayode Released From Detention After Meeting Bail Conditions
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had granted bail in the sum of 250 million Naira each, to Mr Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman and Danjuma Yusuf who are being tried by the EFCC for allegedly stealing and laundering about N4.9 billion Naira.
Justice Sule Hassan granted the defendants bail with two sureties each in like sum. The defendants were also ordered to deposit their international passports in the custody of the court pending the determination of the case.
The court, however, proceeded on her annual vacation on Monday July 11, 2016. Justice Hassan adjourned commencement of the trial to October 19, 2016.
Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and Hajia Nenadi Usman were the directors of Media and Finance respectively of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation in the 2015 general elections.