Group Cautions Fani-Kayode Against Divisive Utterances

The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has cautioned the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on his call on President Muhammadu Buhari “to resign and go home”.

The group described Fani-Kayode other vitriolic attacks on the person of Buhari as unpatriotic.

A statement by Mr. Austin Braimoh, the Chairman of BMSG, on Tuesday on Abuja also condemned the utterances of the former minister because of its potential to create division among various groups.

“His divisive write-ups and utterances have done a great harm to the country and Nigerians are sick and tired of his unpatriotic approach to national issues.

“It is regrettable that after the President delivered a speech to rally round the whole country for peaceful, growth and development, an unpatriotic Nigerian like Fani-Kayode is busy fanning the embers of the division.

Braimoh said it was time for Fani-Kayode to give Nigerians a chance to move on as one indivisible entity.

“ We regret that at a time when the President just returned from a three-month medical trip and is in good health and ready to continue his service to the country, Fani-Kayode is still bent on distracting him.

“We urge Nigerians to disregard the utterances of such individuals as the President is focused on working for the generality of Nigerians.’’

Fani-Kayode To The Imo State Governor ” You Have Betrayed Your People”

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, should be seeking forgiveness from God after betraying Igbo people and his elders.

The former minister made the statement on Thursday through his Special Adviser on Media, Jude Ndukwe.

The statement is a continuation of the media feud between the governor and the former minister.

 Okorocha had, on Wednesday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, described a previous statement by Fani-Kayode as an unintelligent, unprovoked and unwarranted media attack against him. He also said the former minister was living on the glory of his father and grandfather.

Responding, Fani-Kayode said Rochas is obsessed with him and has come to appreciate the fact that there are some things, like class, a good lineage and integrity, that money cannot buy.

He challenged the governor to a public debate to clear up issues between them so that Nigerians can decide for themselves who really has “native sense” between the two contenders.

The statement read in part “We repeat that a man who constantly speaks up for and supports a government that consistently slaughters and routinely massacres his own Igbo people can only be described as a sociopathic self-hating Igbo who is suffering from a terrible and debilitating inferiority complex.”

The statement added that Fani-Kayode and Okorocha can not be compared at all.

“FFK was never a ritualist, a cultist, a 419er, a sodomite, a traitor nor a dirty and unreliable street urchin and scammer.

“He never ruined the lives of millions, bowed before strange gods and slept in coffins to make his money.

“He never sold his soul to the devil or his body to reprobate men who lust for other men in return for money and power.”

 

Fani-Kayode “Uncouth, Rude and Crude” – Youth Group

In a statement issued on Sunday, Youth For Change NG, an umbrella group of youths committed to enthroning decency in politics, has flayed Mr Femi Fani-Kayode for being “uncouth, rude and crude” in public discourse.

The statement which was signed by Mr Seun Bobade, national leader of the group said “We found Mr Fani-Kayode’s tweet extremely distasteful, very disgusting and unbecoming of a man who supposedly had good education.

“How can Mr Fani-Kayode censure the young ones, including his own children, if they become uncouth, rude and crude in public discourse when he himself has now made such distasteful disposition his trade mark…

“In recent times, Mr Fani-Kayode, who touts his pedigree at every opportunity, has not lived up to his billing.

“If he is not fanning the embers of disunity with very incendiary statements, he is employing very nasty language even against those who are old enough to be his father.

“This is not encouraging to the youths and should stop forthwith,” Youth for Change NG said.

Fani Kayode Accuses Jimoh Ibrahim of Sodomy, Schizophrenia and Bestiality

PDP member Femi Fani-Kayode took to twitter to hurl insults at his own supposed party member, Jimoh Ibrahim, after the Supreme Court, Thursday, struck out the appeal that sought to void leave granted to Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, newly confirmed gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Finally I hear that Jimoh the pig just lost his appeal at the Supreme Court and that he has been referred back to the Court of Appeal. Poor. I have given Jimoh the pig enough of my time. I will tell him the rest face to face whenever and wherever I see him. I look forward to that.

“Pl (sic) tell Jimoh Ibrahim that his room in Kirikiri is under construction. It will be ready for him by 2019 when his friends have left power. Thankfully OBJ has now seen the light and joined the fray. His counsel to the Buhari administration is timely. He has shown immense courage.

“Pl (sic) tell Jimoh Ibrahim that I have plenty of jollof rice in my house and I don’t dance for food. Also ask him how many men he sodomised and how many dead bodies he slept with before he made some change and left the pigsty.

“Pl (sic) tell Jimoh that my father was not a bricklayer, my mother was not a fish seller, I do not owe banks and salaries and I never marrird (sic) a dog. Pl tell Jimoh Ibrahim that unlike him I am not a fraudster, I am not a political spoiler, I am not an agent of destruction and I am not a spy. Tell Jimoh Ibrahim that I do not owe banks money, I do not buy companies and destroy them, I do not owe my workers salary and I do not brag.

“Whether Jimoh the pig likes it or not he will NOT be our candidate on saturday and Eyiyayo Jegede will proudly carry our flag. We shall win!”

In the same series of tweets, Femi Fani Kayode accused Jimoh Ibrahim in very graphic terms of sodomy and schizophrenia.

 

EFCC Frees Fani-Kayode From Detention

Former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has been set free from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The former Spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan campaign was rearrested by EFCC operatives on October 21st on allegations of N26 million money laundering charges.

Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun had earlier informed the court that the former Minister had been remanded in Kuje prison on the order of Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja division of the court following the continuation of his trial.

But a message on his Twitter handle, @realFFK Monday afternoon suggests that the outspoken politician has regained his freedom after spending 24 days in EFCC detention.

He fulfilled his N50m bail application on Monday, and wrote: “Thanks be to God. After another 24 days in detention, I am finally out.

“Thanks for all your love, prayers and support. We shall prevail.”

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, 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.

Fayose Stops The Arrest Of Fani-Kayode’s Wife By EFCC In EKiti

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state on Monday in Ado-Ekiti stopped the arrest of the wife of Chief Femi Fani Kayode and her child who tried to withdraw money from an account already red-flagged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Femi Fani-Kayode confirmed that the woman and son arrested by the EFCC were his wife and eight-month old son, Aragorn.

But the EFCC in a late statement Monday denied detaining any one, while also revealing the role of Governor Ayo Fayose in frustrating the arrest.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said Fayose stormed the bank in Ado-Ekiti with thugs to stop the arrest.

“Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.

“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.

“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state.

“He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.

“The said account, which had a balance of N 2,307,712.82 was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced N1.1billion to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode.

“It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283) with thugsfor Sonia Chikwendu.

“The same BVN is linked to two other accounts in Diamond bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank”.

Like Fayose, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State also stopped the arrest of a judge by the Department of State Services on 8 October in Port Harcourt, with the help of the Police commissioner in the state and his personal security details.

EFCC Files Fresh Money Laundering Charges Against Fani-Kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed fresh money laundering charges against a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode.

The fresh charges were filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity in the campaign organisation of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is already standing trial before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

He is facing 17 counts of money laundering before the Lagos Division of the court along with a former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

They were charged with unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to the tune of N4.9bn.

But in the fresh charges numbered, ‘FHC/ABJ/CR/140/2016’, Fani-Kayode is the sole defendant.

The EFCC filed five counts in the fresh case, in which it accused the defendant of diverting N26m allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, while Sambo Dasuki was in office.

The EFCC also accused him of using the said N26m without going through financial institution as required under the Money Laundering Act.

The case was mentioned before Justice John Tsoho,of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.

The prosecution team was absent at the proceedings.

Although Fani-Kayode was absent, he was represented by a team of lawyers led by Mr. Wale Balogun.

Balogun wondered why the prosecution, who filed the charges, was not aware of the proceedings.

He complained that his client had yet to be served with the charges as required.

He sought an adjournment and the judge adjourned till November 10 for arraignment.

The judge also ordered that hearing notice be served on the EFCC.

EFCC Gets Warrant To Keep Fani-Kayode For Two Weeks

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday secured a remand warrant to detain a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, in connection with the N2.5billion illegally withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and paid into the accounts of six chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG).

Fani-Kayode allegedly got about N840million from the funds which were pumped into former President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 election campaign.

Also, for the second day running, the ex-minister was grilled by operatives.

With the warrant, Fani-Kayode can be remanded for two weeks, which can be renewed if the EFCC has a stronger reason to further keep him in detention.

According to a source, the anti-graft agency obtained the remand warrant from a Magistrate’s Court.

The source said: “The EFCC has secured a remand warrant from a Magistrate’s Court to keep Fani-Kayode in custody while investigation continues in line with Section 293(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.”

The section says “a suspect arrested for an offence which a magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to try shall within a reasonable time of arrest be brought before a magistrate’s court for remand.”

Section 296(1) of the ACJ Act says: “Where an order of remand of the suspect is made pursuant to Section 293 of this Act, the order shall be for a period of not exceeding 14 days in the first instance and case shall be returnable within the same period.”

The source said “the depth of the ongoing quizzing of Fani-Kayode accounted for the application to the court to detain the ex-minister for a while.”

“So far, we are detaining him within the time limit allowable by the nation’s law,” he added, requesting not to be named.

The N2.5billion was shared as follows: Fani-Kayode (N840million); Goodluck Support Group (N320million); Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri (N350million); Nenadi Usman (N140million); Olu Falae (N100m) and Okey Ezenwa (N100million)

Of the six people implicated in the scandal, three former public office holders have been questioned by the EFCC. They are former Minister of State (Finance), Mrs Usman, former Imo State Governor Udenwa and Fani-Kayode.

Fani-Kayode’s share of N840million was paid in three tranches into his account.

A source said: “The first tranche of payment involving N350million hit the account on February 19, 2015. Another N250milion was also paid into the account on February19, 2015 while N240million was credited to the account a month later; precisely, March 19, 2015.

“The balance on this account as at 31st December, 2015 was N189, 402.72.

“The Goodluck Support Group allegedly received N320million

“Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae allegedly received N100m through Marreco Limited, a company in which he is chairman. The fund was credited into the company’s United Bank for Africa Plc account No. 1000627022 on March 25, 2014.

“Both Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri got N350million in two tranches. The first tranche of N150million was paid into their joint account with Zenith Bank on January 13, 2015. The second tranche of N200miilion was credited into their account with Diamond Bank.

“Okey Ezenwa allegedly got N100million.”

EFCC Invites Fani-Kayode For Questioning

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, sent an invitation to former spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organization and erstwhile Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

The EFCC, in a letter, sent to Fani-Kayode’s Abuja residence, demanded his presence in their Abuja office by 10.00am on Monday, May 9, 2016, to explain his role in the presidential campaign funds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 presidential elections.

The letter was signed by Mr. Mohammed Umar Abba on behalf of the EFCC acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

It has been learnt that Fani-Kayode, in a letter through his lawyer, assured the anti-graft agency that he would duly honour the invitation.

Recall that the ex-Aviation minister has severally insisted that he was not hiding from the EFCC, saying he was yet to be invited for question.

See the letter below:

Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode On The Run; To Be Declared Wanted By EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is set to declare former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wanted over his role in looting billion of dollars meant to purchase military equipment by the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.

The commission had on Friday 6th May, 2016 extended a letter of invitation to the PDP chieftain, who was former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign spokesman during the 2015 Presidential election.

In the invitation letter seen by Osun Defender, the commission said it was “investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering involving Joint Trust Dimensions Limited in which you (Fani-Kayode) featured prominently.”

Sources within the commission stated that Fani-Kayode had used the company to launder funds from the NSA’s office in the name of buying weapons for the Nigerian Military, but ended up diverting such into President Jonathan’s failed reelection campaign.

See photo of the invitation below:

Fani-Kayode EFCC letter