N26 million Dasukigate: Fani-Kayode seeks out of court settlement

FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office 

Photo: ChannelsTV
FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office Photo: ChannelsTV

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday asked the Federal High Court Abuja to adjourn his case to allow him explore other options of settlement aside from going to trial.

The counsel to Mr. Fani-Kayode, Ahmed Raji, who made the application on his behalf said that since the sum of money involved was only N26 million, he believed that there were other options of settlement.

Mr. Raji, a senior advocate of Nigeria, added that moreover, he was new on the case and would need some time to go over the facts of the case to enable him defend his client effectively.

“My Lord, I am just coming into the case and so I crave your indulgence to enable me familiarize myself with the case.

“Secondly, looking at the facts of the case and the money involved, I believe that there are other options we can explore.

“The case involves the sum of N26 million and the law allows you to explore the option of plea bargain and so many other options rather than go through trial,” Mr. Raji said.

He said that if the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was amenable to plea bargain, the defence would take the option.

The prosecuting counsel, Johnson Ojogbane said he was not opposing the application.

Mr. Ojogbane, however, asked the court to take cognizance of the fact this was the second adjournment at the instance of the defence and asked for a definite date to commence trial.

The judge, John Tsoho, adjourned the matter till March 14 for commencement of trial.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Tsoho on a fresh five-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The ex-aviation minister was accused of allegedly collecting N26 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and using same for media campaign.

Count two of the charge read that;” You Femi Fani-Kayode, converted N26 million cash paid from the office of the National Security Adviser for the purpose of media campaign when you ought to have reasonably known that the said funds formed part of an unlawful act contrary to section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering Act.”

Following the argument of his bail application by the counsel who represented him on that day, Ifedayo Adedipe, he was admitted to bail in the sum of N50 million and one surety in like sum.

Mr. Fani-Kayode is facing another 17 -count charge of money laundering before the Lagos division of the court.

(NAN)


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  • Arabakpura

    It looks like Fani-kayode has exhausted all his options!

    • Sanssouci

      yup he’s no longer dealing with Rita Ofili Ajumogobia and he knows it…Watch now the ethnic/religious propaganda increase from his pen and mouth

  • mybros

    I think Say him get too much sense to extract himself from the wahala before? May God help us!

  • duwdu

    It’s sometimes a relatively small theft that nails a serial armed or pen robber. This is probably the case with Femi Fani-Kayode this time.

    Watching…And hoping the EFCC secures a conviction rapidly, even if it is one of the conditions for a plea bargain settlement.

    P34c3
    ……..
    …..

  • Angry Niaja

    So FFK and his big mouth is seeking out of court settlement!!! Wonders will never cease, they claim the amount involved is very small, 26million is small money, NOT so to 90% of Nigerians though, yet ordinary Nigerians are sent to jail terms of 10 years for stealing meagre sums of 1 million. Nigerians want swifter punishments for these looters, not this pussyfooting currently going on.

    • Sanssouci

      26Million is not small to 99.99% of Nigerians

  • Victor

    All the gragra asan ni gbogbo e ja si. If APC offer am job now im go take am without hesitation. Yeye dey smell.

  • dudu

    FFK seeks out of court settlement! Chei! We must blow it to the rooftops. 15m Nigerians will not accept any out of court settlement.

    • Tunsj

      Well put! This is the same rogue that was telling us that he didn’t steal any money.

  • SAM .A

    The fraud that is Fani Kayode , who had been boasting that he is an honest and transparent Nigerian , he had never stolen a dime from Government cover, has now requested for settlement out of court , where the scanning faces of camera can not see him . He wants to cover the tracts of his fraud , how he used Ibo girls to open different accounts in the banks and did money laundering . We all want to see him in witness box exposing the fraud that is Fani Kayode , and compare his words with his actions . A typical hypocrite , a political Sadducee and Pharisees . Please let the case go to full trail

    • Oskirin

      after he will b quoting bible frm genesis to revelation…i wonder if d pastor of d church he’s attending ever called his attention to ds…mad child of a mad father.

  • Julius

    Lmaoooo, I thought thet he said that he will fight till death before he settles with the government because he did nothing wrong. Na wa oo. This is just in 1 single case. More are coming.

  • Mufu Ola

    Waiting for Fayose. Your own Sakara too go soon stop.