I made friends with Nnamdi Kanu, Boko Haram suspects in prison, Fani-Kayode says

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A former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Wednesday shared his experiences while in detention after he was arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of fraud.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was released from detention in Kuje Prisons last Monday, after he was granted bail by a high court.

The former minister is facing multiple charges of money laundering in federal courts in Abuja and Lagos. He says the allegations are spurious and politically-motivated.

“I am innocent of all the charges and allegations and as I have said elsewhere the whole thing is an attempt by the Federal Government and an increasingly desperate EFCC that is obsessed with my name and putting me away to discredit, break and silence me,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was first arrested by the EFCC in May and detained till July before he was arraigned before a federal judge in Lagos and then granted bail.

On October 21, he was re-arrested after a court appearance in Lagos.

“Throughout the time of the second detention I was kept in a dingy underground cell at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja where I met a number of other high profile opposition figures like Senator Bala Mohammed, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the former Minister of State for Defence and Mr. Reuben Abati, the former spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

“During the course of my 21 day incarceration my abductors did not ask me any questions or say one word to me other than to formally serve me with a new set of fresh criminal charges the morning after I got there which I simply signed for.

“After that I heard nothing from them and I was told nothing though I had daily visits to the medical clinic at the EFCC due to my deteriorating health.”

On November 10, Mr. Fani-Kayode was, again, arraigned before a federal judge in Abuja on fresh charges of allegedly receiving N26 million from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

“Thankfully I was granted bail by the court and I was detained at Kuje prison for a further 4 days whilst I attempted to perfect my bail,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

“At Kuje I was kept in the terrorist wing of the prison which was built by the British government specifically for Boko Haram convicts and suspects.

“There were 47 of them in the facility and I was with them throughout. These were tough, disciplined, hardened, surprisingly well-educated and intimidating men.

“The single cells and the entire terrorist section of the prison was pervaded by an eerie silence throughout the night and low tone whispers throughout the day. The only thing that broke the monotony of silence was the regular and constant call to Muslim prayers and the loud and regular cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’

“This was a frightful place and those that were locked up there were very dangerous and frightful people yet thankfully the Lord went ahead of me.

“The single cells, though small, were clean, self-contained, well-ventilated, dry and very neat. The inmates were surprisingly very kind and friendly towards me and turned out to be my best friends and bodyguards whenever I toured the other parts of the prison.

“I was very impressed with them and when I heard their stories and what some of them had been subjected to by the security forces and the state tears came to my eyes.

“Most of those men were not Boko Haram killers but had been falsely accused, tortured and just dumped into prison and I felt nothing but pain and sorrow when I heard their stories.”

Mr. Fani-Kayode also said he paid a visit, during his time in prison, to co-detainee and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The former minister described Mr. Kanu as a “great and brilliant freedom fighter.”

“I had never met Nnamdi before and I was amazed at his depth of knowledge, his immense courage and his deep convictions,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that that man is going places and in him the Igbo have an Ojukwu and a Nnamdi Azikiwe all rolled into one. He is destined for greatness.

“My Boko Haram friends accompanied me to that meeting, drew a ten man security cordon around me when we entered the general population of the prison and waited outside as Nnamdi and I spoke for almost three hours.

“They even accompanied me to Church on Sunday and waited outside until we finished.

“Given what I have written about Boko Haram in the past and given my total aversion to any form of violence, terrorism and radical Islam, this was a classic case of God granting me favour before my enemies.

“Everyone dreaded them in that prison but I am proud to say that they were my friends and I will never forget their courage, kindness and fellowship for the rest of my life.”


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  • Mama Kay

    This man is truly deluded.

    • demgosoonknow

      More like mad!

      • Right Minded

        You seem more insane than him because u just exhibited such character.

        • Sincere-Voice

          By your statement, you have just agreed that the guy is insane.

    • Right Minded

      You are really pathetic.

      • Mama Kay

        Sorry FFK, you need to seek help from the right quarters before it too late. A word is enough for the wise.

        • David Adeniran

          You got the disguised madman!

  • factfinder

    By time u are finally convicted…

  • Dead End.

    Another tale by moonlight. Here comes mr. story teller. Story, story.The issue is did you collect money or not? Please answer. Shikeena….

    • Burbank

      Gbam

    • Right Minded

      Did u not read that he denied ever committing any of these crimes? I dont know why many people like you just jump to comment without reasoning.

  • Observer

    you said they were falsely accused and convicted as Boko haram members: how come they were dreadful? same you said: “Given what I have written about Boko Haram in the past and given my total aversion to any form of violence, terrorism and radical Islam, this was a classic case of God granting me favour before my enemies. kai, when a lying man talks too much , he eventually implicates himself. I they are not Boko haram members, why are other inmates dreadful of them? why do you feel it was a classic case of God granting you favour before your enemies(boko Haram) that you had once writen articles against. I pity this guy that lacks wisdom

    • Eze Epraim

      In Nigeria you also can mistake for doing wrong, just pray it never

    • David Adeniran

      He is a confused man!

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    I look forward to read pieces like this from FFK when he eventually goes to prison for good. Let’s hope he’ll be able to afford the paid media time as a prisoner of the Federal Republic

    • Eze Epraim

      Go prison for what ?

      • tundemash

        For partaking in the looting of your destiny.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Like Buratai, Dambazzau, Amaechi, Fashola, Kyrai

          • tundemash

            And Dumbo Jo, ShepipoPatience, Alamaseghi, Ibori, FFK, Fayose.

    • Gabriel Olasebikan

      Which prison?How many months do you have to go?

  • Burbank

    Kanu and Fani Kayode in a prison chit-chat, surrounded by Boko Haram militants!
    F Fani Kayode I told you Kuje prison is better than Disneyland!

    • Rommel

      My brother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,the story sef make me fear

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    Finally you met your president, Nnamidiot Cownu,in Kuje ,I hope you people discussed about forming una cabinet? Birds of a feather…

  • St

    This man nor get sense o, criminal like you… Na PMB I dey vex for wen nor make sure say u Rot in jail sef

  • George

    Fani is only man standing

    • Mufu Ola

      You share same criminal instinct with him.

      • Right Minded

        Your name shows who you are ..Mufu…dunce

    • Rommel

      Yes especially as he went to to the inside to fraternise with the deadly Jihadists whom they sponsored while in government

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        You mean the jihadists who loved Buhari so much that they officially nominated him as their representative in talks with their government adversaries led by GEJ ?

    • David Adeniran

      Yes he is standing along with you!

  • Contact Point

    “This was a frightful place and those that were locked up there were very dangerous and frightful people” “The inmates were surprisingly very kind and friendly towards me and turned out to be my best friends and bodyguards whenever I toured the other parts of the prison” Mr. FFK, why speaking through two sides of your mouth, contradicting yourself because you are lying? Mr. FFK should know that his mentioning of Nnamdi Kanu wont curry any fvour from Nd’Igbo because as long as FFK is from that part of the country that dwell in treachery, backbiting and disappointing their friends, Igbos will never give him listening ears or take him serious. Saboteurs

    • Michael

      You’re the same bunch of people who criticise Wole Soyinka who stuck his neck out during the civil war for your people. Keep harbouring hatred. It will get you nowhere.

    • So oju abe niko

      Thanks for admitting what many Yoruba have always known – that all it takes to be hated by Igbos is being born a Yoruba.

      • Michael

        Another way to put it is that all it takes for them to hate the Yorubas is bitter jealousy of Yoruba sophistication and obvious superiority.

    • Nelson Cole

      Why am I not surprised? You killed Banjo that supported you, you curse and abuse Wole Soyinka that stuck his neck out for you, you stay in our land and do business without molestation yet you described us as dirty, coward, saboteurs, backbiters and so many unprintable words, yet we let you be because we understand your naivety and immaturity. We hand you over to the North that understand how to deal ruthlessly with you.

  • Michael

    On the one hand he describes them as “very dangerous and frightful people” and then in the same breath says that most of them have been falsely accused and are no killers. Me thinks FFK is getting more and more confused.

  • Sincere-Voice

    If Fani likes let him make friend with the Ojukwu wherever he is, all Nigerians are saying is return the stolen funds in your possession. I don’t know why that’s a big deal for him?

  • ebong

    Many military commanders don’t have the number of bodyguards and escorts FKK enjoyed while in Kuje prison.With that kind of honour and authority,FKK shouldn’t have left Kuje prison. Fellow Nigerians,don’t you think so?

    • Right Minded

      You can take your family members to go replace him there if u also want to enjoy such priviledge, ode!

      • ebong

        FKK said he was enjoying at Kuje and here you are,telling us that he was not enjoying;you need deliverance.

  • Rommel

    We are aware it was the PDP under president Jonathan that funded this present Boko Haram insurgency so is it any surprise that FFK has now become their mouthpiece?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari was a mentor whom they appointed as representative for talks.

      • Rommel

        When the Niger delta terrorists mentioned Soyinka’s name as their negotiator, was he their mentor?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          We are talking about mass killing Islamic terrorists who have killed about 25000 innocent citizens . The NDA have no interest in killing, they are mere freedom fighters fighting injustices from the Nigerian lopsided system.

          • Ismail Jamal

            How have your so called freedom fighters fought the injustices the leaders in the region have metted out on the poor niger deltans…..criminals

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  • Julius

    Its now without a doubt that the PDP and Jona were funding the BK. How else can you explain the terrorists making sure that FKK is safe in jail. Na wa ooo.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Yet they appointed Buhari as their representative .

      • Julius

        Your deluded criminals calling themselves “the avenger” wanted prof Soyinka as their rep in talking with the FGN. Does that make the prof. a criminal like them ?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          We are talking of Islamic terrorist killers. The Avengers do not kill Nigerians they are honourable freedom fighters .

          • Julius

            So the soldiers they killed are not Nigerians ? I hope you will be serious one day for your children sake.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Your soldiers were drowned, they cannot swim. The NDA has no interest in killing soldiers , they destroy oil and gas infrastructure.

          • Ismail Jamal

            Oga pls close ur mouth if u dont know what to say. You think everyone is bereft of reasoning like u, nonsense.

          • Julius

            “Your soldiers ” ? Nuff said.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Are they not your soldiers ?

  • Tunde

    Not to worry Fani! In a short while you guys will be permanent friends ! Ye ye dey smell! Joker

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    In a democracy power is transient so every massacre of citizens, every wrongful detention and imprisonment, every abuse of the bail system, every manipulation of the administrative process to detain Nigerians will be revisited and accounted for.

  • Nigerian Citizen

    Some people were accused of stealing hundreds of million and EFCC told Nigerians that they promised to pay and was not even detained talk less of being imprisoned, others were accused of stealing 26 million and they spent 25 days in prison. That’s what is breeding discontent, anger and bitterness in Nigeria.
    Why is it very difficult for this President to become the President of all Nigerians and treat every citizen with Justice ,equity and fairness.
    May God save Nigeria from this malicious government.