Alleged N4.9bn Fraud: Fani-Kayode Absent From Court Over Heart-Related Ailment

Shola Soleye  
Updated January 31, 2018
Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayodele Fayose, EFCC
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A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has adjourned the criminal trial of Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on grounds of ill-health.

Mr Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman and two others, Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Nigeria Limited, on a 17-count charge of alleged fraud of N4.9billion.

Mr Fani-Kayode who was absent in court today (Wednesday) is said to be suffering from a heart-related ailment.

His counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Norrison Quakers told Justice Rilwan Aikawa that he was informed by Mr Fani-Kayode’s wife that her husband had been taken to the hospital.

The counsel promised to obtain the medical report and make same available to the court before the close of work today or tomorrow.

Mr Quakers then sought for an adjournment which was granted without any objections from the other parties in the matter.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo has, however, asked the court to observe Section 396 subsection 4 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which states that no party will be entitled to more than five adjournments in a particular criminal case.

He urged the court to note that the second defendant, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has now taken two adjournments in the matter owing to his absence today and tomorrow which was initially slated for the matter.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa, therefore, adjourned to February 28, and March first and second for the continuation of trial.