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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Finally: Femi Fani-Kayode released on bail and goes home till trial time.



The former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode on Friday, July 15, said he is innocent of all the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Fani-Kayode gained his freedom after 67 days of detention at the EFCC – both Abuja and Lagos – and subsequent remand in a Lagos prison facility.

In a statement sent to NAIJ.com shortly after his release, the former minister said all the charges against him by the anti-graft agency are politically motivated.

“I am innocent of all charges and I look forward to defending myself vigorously in court. These charges are politically motivated and I have been severely punished for my political views and criticisms of the government,” Fani-Kayode said.

He further said it is clear to him that he is being persecuted for his political views and criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“They are trying to silence me, break me, discredit me and destroy but as long as Jesus is on the throne this will never work. I am strong and I am bold and the struggle will continue,” he said.

However not deterred, Fani-Kayode said he looks forward to defending himself in court.

Also recounting his ordeal while in custody, Fani-Kayode said: “I give thanks to God that I am free after 67 days in detention. I thank my wife lawyers children and friends for all their support.”

“This was the worst experience of my life but God was with me all the way, I suffered immeasurably but I count it all as joy,” the former minister said.

Fani-Kayode was detained by the EFCC after honouring the commission invitation on Monday, May 9.

He was later transferred to a Lagos prison following court orders over allegation of N4.9 billion fraud.

The former minister is standing trial alongside Nenadi Usman, a former Finance Minister and Danjuma Yusuf.

The trio were however granted N250 million bail on Monday, July 4, by Justice Muslim Hassan who ordered that the three defendants must provide two sureties who own landed property with the court’s jurisdiction.

The defendants’ sureties were also expected to file an affidavit of means and their passport photographs with the court among other court order.

The sureties must also deposit the title documents of their property with the chief registrar of the court.

The court also ordered that the EFCC verify all documents presented by the sureties within seven days of perfecting the bail conditions.

The defendants were also expected to deposit their passport with the court. The matter was further adjourned to October 19, 20 and 21 for commencement of trial.

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