My trial for money laundering is political persecution- Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

A former Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described his prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as “political persecution.”

Mr. Fani-Kayode is accused of laundering N230 million through his aides, wife, and daughter; between 2006 and 2007 when he was a minister.

He pleaded not guilty to all 47 counts of corrupt enrichment when he was arraigned on Monday.

“It is nothing but pol(itical) persecution of the most vicious and cruel kind. We have been on it for five years and I have done nothing wrong,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said via his twitter handle.

Hours after news of his arraignment filtered into the public space, hundreds of his twitter followers and facebook fans trooped to both social media platforms with prayers and words of encouragement to Mr. Fani-Kayode.

Responding to his fans, Mr. Fani-Kayode, 52, said that he is looking forward to the trial.

“My innocence will and has always spoken for me,” he said in a tweet.

A prominent member of the former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet, Mr. Fani-Kayode was a Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the then Nigerian president.

In 2006, he became the Minister of Culture and Tourism, before moving on to head the Aviation Ministry later that year.

Earlier accused by the EFCC of involvement in the misappropriation of N19 billion Aviation Intervention Fund, the charges were later dropped.

The current charges largely concern cash lodgments made into his private bank account between August 2006 and March 2007.

The ex-minister was first arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, on the same charges, in December 23, 2008; during the late Umar Yar’Adua administration.

After Ramat Mohammed, the trial judge, was transferred out of Lagos Division; the case was re-assigned to Binta Nyako, last year, before the latter was transferred out of Lagos.

Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, the latest judge, has fixed trial for March 11, 12 and 13, 2013.

Mr. Fani-Kayode is to be represented by four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, among other lawyers, including embattled lawyer, Wale Babalakin, who is also being prosecuted for laundering about N4.7 billion.


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  • Gena Lubem

    Mr Fani Kayode should concentrate and answer the charges leveled against him instead of looking around to find enemies that does not exist.
    Whether the charges are politically motivated or not is, is not an issue to be decided by the media. it is the law courts that has the powers to authoritatively decide on the matter.
    Again, i saw him commenting on Christine Amanpour twitter post that, if anyone in Nigeria complain that the system is not good, EFCC will be set on the person…….This was a very, very unfortunate comment.
    Does it mean that he is above the law and that no one has the right to re-examine his tenure?

  • Russia

    Femi, you too do! When you were oppressing people and stealing their birth rights you didnt complain, now you are being asked to account you say its your enemies after you! these enemies, are they your former staff that you used to beat, slap and degrade or are they your former cronies you used to parade with? Free your mind, you will only spend a few months locked up, atleast it will give you the time you need to confront your long acquired demons.

  • Philemon A

    Of course it is political persecution. Are you not a politician?

  • Ayemi

    Femi, as a Christian you claimed to be, all you need to is to account for every penny and proof your innocence. If you cannot do this, then something is fishy.

  • Afam

    Femi,your not relevant to this regime even on the next regime to come,who is even after you? what will that person gain from you,you can not win your ward if you stand any election then what are you making noise? please just answer for the charges and account for the money you looted for your godfather…

  • ferdyokwu

    Fani, your time is up. Your noise making in the media will soon snap shut. You must account for your unchecked free ride with the looting of the nation’s funds.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    shut up, bitch.