Embattled former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday said he had fulfilled all statutory requirements for his bail and was awaiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to free him from detention.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who had been in detention since he was first arrested on May 9, 2016, in Abuja, spoke through his media adviser, Jude Ndukwe.
“Kindly be notified that Femi Fani-Kayode has met all the conditions for his bail and the relevant documents have been duly filed and submitted at the Federal High Court in Lagos,” Mr. Ndukwe said in an email to PREMIUM TIMES. “We are now waiting for the EFCC to verify the documents after which he would be released.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode is facing a 17-count charge for his alleged roles in the alleged misappropriation of up to N4.9 billion in public funds at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
After weeks of being remanded in custody, Mr. Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4, but he was still kept in custody pending the satisfaction of requirements for his bail.
A former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf, who were charged alongside Mr. Fani-Kayode, were also accorded similar bail conditions by the presiding judge, Muslim Hassan. It is not immediately clear if the two had met their bail demands, too.
Mr. Ndukwe said Mr. Fani-Kayode had remained undaunted by his detention, but added that he had missed his family, especially his five-month old son.
“Despite the fact that he has been locked up for the last 62 days, he remains confident, strong, healthy and in very high spirits,” Mr. Ndukwe said. “He misses his family very badly, especially his five-month old son, Aragon, and he looks forward to coming home to be with his family, friends and loved ones.”
The law allowed EFCC a 48-hour window upon which to verify documents tendered in bail applications.
Wilson Uwujiaren, spokesman for the EFCC, did not immediate respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ repeated calls and text messages seeking comments for this story.
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