The trial of a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode was on Wednesday stalled due to the inability of the defendant to attend trial.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was charged on November 10 at an Abuja division of the Federal High Court for alleged diversion of N26 million. He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Apart from the five-count charge at the Abuja Division, Mr. Fani-Kayode is also facing separate charges at another court in Lagos.
At the Lagos Court, Mr. Fani-Kayode is charged alongside a former minister of finance, Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf.
They were charged by the EFCC on 17 counts bordering on money laundering to the tune of over N4 billion.
That trial had been stalled in November following the detention of Mr. Fani-Kayode.
The trial in Abuja was billed to continue on Wednesday, but was also stalled following the defendant’s health situation.
Mr. Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Wale Balogun, informed the court that his client was ill and therefore could not attend the trial.
Mr. Balogun presented a medical report to the trial judge, John Tsoho, and asked for an adjournment to allow his client attend to his health, before proceeding with the trial.
The prosecution made no counter application, so the matter was adjourned till February 6, 2017.
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