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N26m alleged fraud: Fani-Kayode shuns court proceeding, says ‘there is curfew in Lagos’

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The trial of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, before Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, could not continue on Wednesday, due to his absence in the court.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is prosecuting Mr Fani-Kayode on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N26million.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, according to a statement by Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity, the defence counsel, Wale Balogun, told the court that the defendant was unable to make it to court from Lagos due to the curfew imposed in the state by the Lagos State government due to the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the state.

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Prosecuting counsel, Faruk Abdulmalik, however, urged the court to revoke the bail granted the defendant on account of his absence, which the judge declined.

Justice Tsoho adjourned the case till December 2, 2020, for continuation of trial.

Mr Fani-Kayode is alleged to have received the sum of N26 million from one Shuaibu Salisu, former Director of Finance and Administration, DFA, Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, on the instruction of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The money was allegedly delivered to him in cash, through his former police aid, Victor Ehiabhi.

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Mr Ehiabhi, who is first Prosecution Witness, PW1, and the former ONSA DFA, Salisu had in their written statements revealed that Mr Fani-Kayode received the money in cash.

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