- Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode has said he was not arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- Fani-Kayode said he honoured the EFCC's invitation and left the agency's office in Lagos around 8.30pm on Tuesday, November 23
- The former minister who said the EFCC operatives were polite and professional said he was granted bail on self-recognition
Lagos, Nigeria - Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has denied being arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, had earlier confirmed Fani-Kayode’s arrest on Tuesday evening, November 23, according to Daily Trust.
Fani-Kayode was reported to have been nabbed and subsequently taken to the Lagos Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency for alleged manipulation and forgery of documents.
The Punch also reported the arrest of the ex-minister who dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in September.
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However, taking to his Facebook page, Fani-Kayode said he was only invited by the anti-graft agency, not arrested.
The post reads:
"Just arrived at the George Hotel for dinner. I was never arrested by the EFCC. I was invited & I flew down to Lagos to see them. I arrived in their office at 2.00pm & left at 8.30pm. I was granted bail on self recognition. They were very polite & professional. Thanks be to God."
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Fani-Kayode was being investigated on a fresh case bordering on forgery before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
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The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) had reported that the Lagos command of the EFCC was expecting Fani-Kayode on Wednesday, November 24. He was reportedly expected to answer questions on possible forgery of hospital documents to deceive the court handling his money-laundering case with a view to stalling the hearing.
The anti-graft agency after receiving the defendant’s latest letter observed the trend in Fani-Kayode’s letters getting adjournments.