Fani-Kayode Arraigned Again In Abuja For Money Laundering

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a five-count of money laundering. The charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/140/2016, which has Femi Fani Kayode as the sole defendant, was filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Fani-Kayode was alleged to have received through his police aid,…”
Gbolahan Yusuf
November 10, 2016 11:12 pm

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was Thursday arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a five-count of money laundering.
The charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/140/2016, which has Femi Fani Kayode as the sole defendant, was filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fani-Kayode was alleged to have received through his police aid, one Victor Ehiabhi, the cash sum of N26million paid to him by the former Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) of the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, Shuaibu Salisu on the instruction of the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Ehiabhi and Salisu had through written statements, admitted paying the money to Fani-Kayode in cash.
The prosecution said Fani-Kayode handled the cash without going through financial institution as required under the Money Laundering Act.
Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Media and Publicity in the campaign organisation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is already standing trial on a 17-count charge of money laundering before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
He is being tried in Lagos with a former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.
They are charged with unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to the tune of N4.9 billion on the defendants.
When the five-count charge was read to Fani-Kayode yesterday before the Federal High Court, Abuja, he pleaded not guilty.
Following his not guilty plea, prosecution lawyer, Johnson Ojogbane, asked the court for a date to commence trial.
Defence lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) informed the court about the bail application he filed for his client.
Upon the court’s permission, Adedipe moved the application and urged the court to grant his client bail.
He said by the fact the offence for which the defendant is charged, it is bailable. He said Fani-Kayode has been in EFCC’s custody for 21 days.
“My Lord, I will also like to draw your attention to the fact that the defendant is facing trial before Justice M. S. Hassan in Lagos and he has granted him bail.
“We hereby urge the court to grant the accused bail on self-recognition as he has twice served as a Minister to the Federal Republic of Nigeria or in the alternative, grant him bail on liberal terms that will enable him attend his trial”, he prayed.
Ojogbane, while responding, relied on Section 35 (1)(c) and 35 (4)(a) of the Constitution in arguing that “although the defendant has been in custody for 21 days, we are still within the ambits of the law as the arrest and detention was done for the sole purpose of bringing the defendant to court.
“I therefore urge the court to excise its discretion judiciously and judicially in granting the accused bail,” Ojogbane said.
Trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, in his ruling, admitted the defendant to bail at N50million and one surety in like sum.
The judge said the surety must be a resident of the FCT and must have a landed property within the FCT.
He ordered that Fani-Kayode be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.
Justice Tsoho adjourned to December 14, 2016 for trial.
The charge reads:
Court one
That you Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on or about the day of 24 November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly took possession or control of the sum of N26,000,000.00 (twenty six million) paid through one Victor Ehiabhi by one Salisu Shuaibu, who was then the Director of Finance and Administration on the instruction of Col. Mohammed Dasuki Former National Security Adviser purporting the money to be payment for contract when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed of the proceeds of an part unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki and Shuaibu Salisu (to wit: criminal breach of trust and corrupt and thereby committed an offence to Section 15(2), (d) of the contrary Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 158 of the same Act.
Count two
That you chief Femi Fani-Kayode or about the 24th day of on November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly converted the sum of N26,000,000:00 (twenty six million naira only which was paid to you in cash sum from the office of the National security Adviser(ONSA) purporting same to be payment for media campaign for the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Office of the President when reasonably ought to have known that the said funds you formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity (To wit: Criminal breach of trust and corruption) of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) the then National Security Adviser and salisu Shuaibu the then Director of Finance and Administration and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 159 of the same Act.
Count three
That you Chief Femi Fam-Kayode on or about the 24th day of November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable count did retain the of N26,000,000.00 (twenty sum six million naira purporting same to be payment for media campaign on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the office of the President when you reasonable ought to have known that such fund directly represented the proceeds of unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) the then National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu the then Director of Finance and Administration office of the National security Adviser (to wit: Criminal breach of trust and corruption and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 17 (b) of the Money Laundering Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section (17) (b) of the same Act
Count four
That you Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on or about the 24th day of you November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court having reason to know that the sum of N26,000,000.00 (twenty six million naira directly represented the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) the then National Security Adviser and Shuaibu Salisu the then Director of Finance and Administration (to wit: Criminal breach of trust and corruption) in respect of the said amount used the said fund for media campaign activities and other personal purposes and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) and 9 of the same Act.
Count five
That you Chief Femi Fam-Kayode on or about the 24th day of November, 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did accept cash payment valued at N26,000,000.00 (twenty six million Naira from the office of the National Security Adviser through one Victor Ehiabhi your security detail which sum was over and above the required threshold for cash payments and thereby committed an you offence contrary to section la of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 amended in 2012 and punishable under as 16(1)(a) of the same Act.

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