- A week after his alleged arrest, the EFCC has reportedly arrested former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode in Lagos
- The APC chieftain was reportedly arrested at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, shortly after his trial was adjourned
- An investigator of the EFCC said the former minister was being quizzed over alleged presentation of false documents
Ikoyi, Lagos - Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been reportedly arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fani-Kayode who was in court over his forgery trial was walking out after the matter was adjourned till January 24, 2021, when he was approached by an EFCC investigator.
He was subsequently arrested and moved to custody, the newspaper further stated.
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An EFCC investigator, Shehu Shuaibu, said the ex-minister was being quizzed over false documents.
EFCC's charges against Fani-Kayode
Legit.ng gathered that the EFCC had preferred a 17-count charge of N4.6billion money laundering against Fani-Kayode alongside a former minister of state for finance, Nenandi Usman and others.
The accused who were arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail.
The commission, however, accused the former minister of stalling the trial by claiming to be on admission at the hospital.
The court also found out in its records that Fani-Kayode had issued used excuses five times earlier and consequently ordered him to be present in court on the next date without fail.
The court also ordered him to pay a fine of N200,000 in addition.
On Tuesday, when the case was mentioned, Fani-Kayode and all other defendants were reportedly present in court.
Fani-Kayode's earlier "invitation"
The EFCC had earlier on Tuesday, November 23, arrested Fani-Kayode.
He was nabbed and subsequently taken to the Lagos Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency for alleged manipulation and forgery of documents.
However, the former minister later issued a statement, denying being arrested by the commission. He said he was invited, not arrested.