Corruption Charges: ‘Nightmare Has Finally Ended’ – Fani-Kayode

fani kayodeA former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, says the dismissal of a case filed against him on money laundering charges was the “doing of the lord” and an end to a nightmare.

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday morning dismissed the case against Mr Fani-Kayode, saying the prosecution’s case was “feeble” and failed to provide “copious evidence” linking Mr Fani-Kayode to money laundering.

In a statement issued after the judgement was delivered, the former Aviation Minister said that he had, in the last seven years, been subjected to the “most malicious, vicious, sinister, well-orchestrated, insidious and devastating form of political persecution and wickedness”.

“The whole process almost destroyed my life, my family, my reputation, my health and my career.

“I thank God for His goodness, His mercy and for the fact that today, the whole nightmare has finally come to an end,” he said.

“Marvellous In Our Sight”

Recounting the entire processes, he said: “Initially, I was accused of stealing 19.5 billion Naira of the public funds when I was Minister of Aviation. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of stealing 6.5 billion Naira. It was thrown out by the courts. Then I was accused of laundering 200 million Naira, it was thrown out by the courts.

“Then I was accused of laundering 99 million Naira. It was thrown out by the courts. Finally, I was accused of laundering one million Naira and 1.1 million Naira respectively and today, both of these charges have also been thrown out by the courts”.

Mr Fani-Kayode further said that the verdict “is the doing of the lord and it is marvellous in our sight”, stressing that it was a prove of God’s faithfulness and honour for His word.

Money Laundering: Witness Says Aviation Funds Did Not Go Missing During Fani-Kayode’s Tenure

Femi-Fani-Kayode-2Trial continued today (Wednesday) at the Federal High Court, Lagos with the testimony of a third prosecution witness in the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Mr. Fani-Kayode is facing a 40 count charge of laundering about a hundred million naira.

The offence was allegedly committed while he served first as Minister for Culture and Tourism and then as Aviation Minister.

The witness, Mr Bashir Abdullahi who is an investigating police officer with the EFCC, told the court today that the case file of the former minister was assigned to him in 2008, for investigation.

During investigations, Mr Fani-Kayode was invited to the EFCC, where he made various statements in writing, as to the N19.5bn Aviation Intervention Funds.

Under cross examination, the witness told the court that the EFCC’s investigations revealed that no parts of the funds were missing during the tenure of the former aviation minister.

After his testimony, the prosecutor, Mr Festus Keyamo urged the court to grant an adjournment to enable him produce his remaining witnesses, and close the case of the prosecution.

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia adjourned the case to April 16 and April 17 for continuation of trial.