Court ‘clears’ Fani-Kayode of money laundering charges

Femi Fani-Kayode

A Federal High Court in Lagos has partially cleared a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, of money laundering charges brought against him by the government.

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of Lagos Federal High Court, on Monday, discharged and acquitted Mr. Fani-Kayode of 38 out of 40 counts of N100m money laundering charges.

The court said Mr. Fani-Kayode now faces the remaining two counts and could enter defence for them. The court adjourned till December 8.

Mr. Fani-Kayode is prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

At the resumed hearing last Monday, the defence counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, informed the court of an application for a no-case submission filed on behalf of the former minister.

Mr. Adedipe said he had also filed a reply on points of law in response to the issues raised by the prosecution in their processes.

In response, the prosecutor, Festus Keyamo, urged the court to uphold his written submissions in opposition to the no case submission, and called on the accused to enter his defence.

After listening to the submissions of counsel, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, adjourned the case till Nov. 17, for ruling.

The EFCC had opened its case on March 10.

It called a total of six witnesses including Investigating Police Officers, a bank legal officer, relationship officer and a former aide to Fani-Kayode.

All witnesses had given various testimonies about their relationship with the former minister, as well as the manner of investigations conducted on him.

The EFCC closed its case on July 10, while defence counsel filed a no case submission on behalf of the accused on August 5.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was first arraigned in December 2008 before Justice Ramat Mohammed on a 47-count charge.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and Justice Mohammed had granted him bail in the sum of N200 million with two sureties in like sum.

He was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, following the transfer of Mohammed from the Lagos Division.

The former minister was again re-arraigned before Justice Ajumogobia on Feb. 11, 2013, after the transfer of Murtala-Nyako.

He was again re-arraigned before Ajumogobia on March 6, following the amendment of the 47-count charge to 40 counts, the EFCC having dropped seven of the counts.

In the charge, the accused was alleged to have transacted with funds exceeding N500, 000 without going through a financial institution.

He was accused of accepting cash payments to the tune of about N100 million, while he was Minister of Aviation and Minister of Culture and Tourism respectively.


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  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    This charade of a trial is a continuing manifestation of the rot called transformation agenda: the “feeble prosecution” of crimes against the Nigerian people.

    • Magenta

      TAN at work

  • King Carlos

    oooooshey transformation agenda toh bahhdd gaan

  • Dr. Kay

    What else will be the verdict if not this one . He returned to pdpigs because he was looking for cover under the corrupt umbrella . Now he don get am , that is pdpigs way of justice and due process . It favours only those aligned to the party. Enjoy while it lasts GMB is coming to throw your arse in jail after next year election ,so please don’t overindulge oh

  • Robert Johnson

    Congrats Man, but you won’t escape God’s judgement, your children will pay the price while you are alive to witness the horror. Enjoy your loot

  • Eniolataiwo

    Chai,diaris GOD oooo.

  • Mr. Abdin

    There is Godoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Allayes

    Yes. Everything is progressing according to script. They are truly fighting corruption in Nigeria. No wonder they will do anything to prevent anyone who can fight corruption from coming to power. The most unfortunate thing is that the common Nigerian who has a very powerful weapon to make the necessary change either do not care or is too lazy to do anything about it, but endlessly complain that things are not working. The cycle continues.

    • Chidi

      That’s why they will give Buhari a bad name (he is a moslem, sponsor of boko haram, a dictator, overthrew a civilian govt that was corrupt as the one now and the list goes on) so that he will not come in and correct Nigeria.

  • Chris1408

    GEJ Nigeria, where thuggery and corruption reign supreme. Join PDP and support GEJ reelection, you can get away with murder

  • Giganto

    A reward for decamping to PDP

  • Aboki

    He was discharged the way Tinubu was. Tinubu had 22 Senior Agbero of Nigeria to defend him and nobody complained. His case against Gani went the same way and today he is the closest friend of some imaginary corruption fighter by name Buhari. That Buhari is comfortable in company of TIEFNUBU says a lot. Tell us another story hypocrites. If you have more evidence to nail him go to court and produce them but for now the court has spoken. Except you don’t believe in the rule of law you may do the needful ………hold your peace.

    • Kingsley O. Agbontaen

      Holding court this way shall never make this country progress. Firstly, my friend, you can pass ur message across without resort to abusive language. Even before today, I knew Fani Kayode will go scot-free. He is a PDP chieftain. Let him go back to APC and the whole matter will be revisited again. I feel sorry for this country. I don’t know what offence we have committed or the sin that made God to saddle us with this class of leadership.

    • bikky

      Aboki indeed.

    • Ebola or Gej

      Useless and blind minded Igbo man.

  • You may be an alleged BH sponsor, Money Laundry suspect, Contract sum inflator, BMW illegal purchase vide thiefery …. Akuna Matata, Just Decamp to PDP and your sins are forgiven.
    Why still complain? Vote for change, let them watch as opposition and see how things are supposed to be done. If APC don’t do well, u have 2019 to vote change once more. Nigeria must be Better and Strong!!!

  • wode

    What else could have been a better reward for praise-singing for GEJ and promoting PDP. Fani-Kayode, Good job, your calculation was right. Congrats!

  • sammyctu ode

    Another pdp court cleared a criminal. Nigeria we loathe thee under jonathan.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    That is the bargain he did with PDP when he dumped the APC. A crook freed by crooks. You can be Boko Haram Sponsor like Ali Sheriff or Be fraudstar like Fani kayode and be free from EFCC, Police, ICPC etc if you leave your party and join the the PDP.

  • Ahmad

    That is it. The FG has fulfilled its part of the bargain.

    • Onyeze

      You’re right on the money!

  • habib

    WE ARE DEAD, GOD HELP US.

  • Truthometer

    Steal as much as you can, but just make sure you have your PDP
    membership card. No living judge in Nigeria of Dumbo, can ever find you
    guilty. Very simple!

  • mike

    We are finished in naija. Only God can help us now. Another four years under pdp would truly be a nail to the coffin.

  • bikky

    Shekau and all Bokoharam sponsors will soon get presidential pardon,just support our party,People Deceiving People,KAI Nigeria. Nigeria Time is now.

  • Ebola or Gej

    What More do you expects from a pdp government. I am not surprise at all for SHERIFF indicts for Boko haram sponsor, but now he is treated like king. If you want a cover up in Nigeria for what ever CRIME just join the AERO of people Destruction Plane (PDP) you can safely land.