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Femi Fani Kayode’s N230Million Money Laundering Case Delayed Again

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Femi Fani Kayode’s N230Million Money Laundering Case Delayed Again

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Nov 21, 2013 – Femi Fani Kayode’s N230 Million Money Laundering Case Delayed Again

The money laundering case against former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has been put on hold again due to the absence of lead counsel from EFCC.

The absence of prosecution counsel on Thursday stalled the trial of FFK over alleged N230 million money laundering charge.

FFK is currently on trial on a 47-count charge before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The trial could not continue as scheduled because the lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Festus Keyamo, assigned a team of lawyers from his chambers to represent him.

The team of lawyers was led by Mr Vitalis Ahaotu.

Counsel to the accused, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), therefore, challenged the legality of Keyamo’s chambers to appear in court.

Adedipe said that Keyamo had no legal authority to delegate his law firm to practice on his behalf.

He cited Section 24 of the Legal Practioners Act, a 2007 Supreme Court decision in the case of Okafor vs Nweke to back his argument.

“I object to the appearance of the chambers of Festus Keyamo by his team of lawyers to prosecute this case.

“Keyamo is not authorised under the Legal Practitioner’s Act to assign his chambers to practise,” Adedipe said.

However, the Prosecution Counsel, Ahaotu, urged the court to disregard the submission of the counsel to the accused, arguing that the counsel should have filed such submission so that they could give their reply.

Justice Rita Ofilli-Ajumogobia, consequently, adjourned the case till Nov. 27 for further mention and told the accused counsel to file his application within two days.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC had on Feb. 11, re-arraigned Fani-Kayode over alleged money laundering and financial impropriety to the tune of N230 million.

The former minister’s re-arraignment was consequent upon the re-assignment of the case to another judge, following the transfer of the former judge handling the matter.

Fani-Kayode was previously, arraigned on Dec. 23, 2008, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N200 million, with two sureties in like sum.

The EFCC stated that Fani-Kayode committed the offences when he was the Minister of Aviation and that of Culture and Tourism.

The commission said that the offences contravened the provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004

[News Agency Of Nigeria]



  1. Dodos

    November 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    When did this happen? I have never heard of this before

  2. David

    November 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    That’s why in recent months he’s been whipping up sentiments to attract tribal sympathy and divert public attention. The unrepentant crook he is! I’m waiting to see those who will carry placards in support of his escapades. Please don’t let him off the hook. He is the most nepotistic tribalist ever toset foot on the soil of our lovely country. He will remain a highly non-electable tribal lord in love with unintelligent politicking. MSTEEEEEEUUUUUWWW!


    November 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM


  4. Gentle

    November 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. He who oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or give to the rich, will only come to want. (ffk be warmd)

  5. Olawale ojo

    November 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Pls release him now

  6. lantern

    November 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Let the animal rot in jail

  7. simon

    November 23, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    dis hw dey will delay & die d case… Birds of dsame plumage,

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