- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rearraigned a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode
- Fani-Kayode was arraigned before a Lagos division of the Federal High Court
- He was arraigned alongside a former minister for finance, Nenadi Usman
The EFCC has rearraigned a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode before a Lagos division of the Federal High Court.
Fani-Kayode was rearraigned alongside Nenadi Usman, a former minister of state for finance on a 17-count charge of money laundering and alleged diversion of N4.6 billion.
Others include one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.
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The defendants pleaded not guilty before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, a new judge.
The judge had taken over trial after Fani-Kayode applied for the previous one, Muslim Hassan, to recuse himself from the trial on the grounds that he was the EFCC officer who signed a criminal charge filed against him.
Hassan worked as an EFCC legal officer before his elevation to the bench.
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He ordered the return of the file of the case brought against Fani-Kayode by the EFCC to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta for re-assignment to another judge.
He then directed Fani-Kayode and his co-defendants to go and await further directive from Justice Auta.
Watch the Legit.ng TV video below of the EFCC arraigning former NNPC GMD, Engineer Andrew Yakubu.