N26 million Dasukigate: Fani-Kayode refutes own lawyer, denies seeking out of court settlement

Femi Fani-Kayode

A few hours after his lawyer told a federal judge in Abuja that a possibility of out of court settlement is being explored, former Aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode issued a denial.

In a statement Monday, Mr. Fani-Kayode described such reports as “false, embarrassing, and mischievous.”

Mr. Fani-Kayode is facing a five-count charge of alleged money laundering amounting to N26 million before Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused the ex-minister of collecting N26 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and using same for media campaign.

Earlier on Monday, Ahmed Raji, Mr. Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, asked the judge to adjourn the proceedings to allow him explore other options of settlement aside from going to trial.

“My Lord, I am just coming into the case and so I crave your indulgence to enable me familiarise myself with the case,” said Mr. Raji, a senior advocate of Nigeria.

“Secondly, looking at the facts of the case and 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.”

But in a swift reaction to his lawyer’s arguments, Mr. Fani-Kayode, through his spokesperson, Jude Ndukwe, said the plea bargain option was out of the question.

“Under no circumstances will Chief Fani-Kayode pay any money back to EFCC or any other government agency because he never collected any money from any government agency in the first place.”


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  • Adejuwon Emmanuel

    Please can anybody let us know if Fanikayode was absent from the proceeding.

    • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

      I wonder oooo, if he was at the session he ought to have objected his counsel then , why speaking through spokesperson now, Omo ole ifo.

      • David Adeniran

        He has only spoken what his Biafraud supporters would want to hear.

        • Julius

          lolz, they are in a meeting as we speak, looking to stage a protest on his behalf..as soon as he gives them some money of course !

        • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

          He can only be Jude Ndukwe. Hungry biafraud spokesperson.

    • Julius

      Good question. Even if he was absent, there is a record of the court proceedings.

  • Victor

    It’s all well and good. Give it to Jona so he can give it back to efcc. Barawo

    • Fadama

      Lol…I doubt Jona will hand it back. Mama peace will thwart that move

      • Julius


  • bashkano

    No matter how long it takes the truth will let loose. We will know whether the loose cough is as a result of cold.

  • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

    is ffk not in court today?, if he was at the session he ought to have objected his counsel then , why speaking through spokesperson now, Omo ole ifo.

    • Julius

      Abi , ma da won lohun jor !

  • Fadama

    FFK and his team of scalawags and thieves should consider joining Nollywood.


    This one is easy to call; I believe FFK, and his spokesman, and not his lawyer as quoted.

    Something didn’t sound right in the first article. It didn’t jive with what FFK would do.

    • Arabakpura

      They are simply trying to waste the time of the court! Let’s see how the judge reacts at the resumed hearing! I believe it is a tactic to change lawyer again and see to delay tactics but ACJA has a way to take care of it!

    • Julius

      lolz. his lawyer made the statement on his behalf in an open courtroom . There is a record of that. Yeah, what FFK is saying doesnt jive !

  • Tai Ohenhen Ohenhen

    When a Lawyer speak from the Bar,he must be saying what he knows to be the truth.Could the learned silk be misleading the court without consulting and taking instruction from his client?I think not.If however the Defendant is saying the truth,it is expedient for the learned silk to withdraw immediately from this case.There is dignity and honour at the Bar.

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Some Nigerians are blighted by hate that they can’t see the truth, for God’s sake why is this government playing vindictive, hate and clannish partisan games with Nigerians, you are charging ffk for 26m used to do media publicity for his principals presidential campaign, who paid the one for Apc and Buhari, why are efcc not concerned about the sources of funding for Buhari campaigns, what is the difference between funds from dasuki and funds from rivers, Lagos, imo, osun, edo states etc. Chibuike amaechi was the DG Buhari campaign organization and at the same time governor of rivers state, the private jet used for Buhari campaigns was rivers state resources, who fueled it, who paid for its bills, who paid Apc party agents on election day and from which sources, the money deployed by Apc to bribe voters, the recharge cards used to bribe voters on election day, who paid for it and from which sources.
    This government is distracting Nigerians with rubbish while the worst corruption is going on now under this government.
    The same games played by Abacha with our forex market that made the recovery of his looted funds to be unending is playing out now under this government even on a worst scale. Nigerians shall see beyond this highly crafted charade going on as corruption fight and demand good governance and transparency from Buhari government is suffering from integrity deficiency syndromes. Enough of this media trial and distractions while Buhari have set our nation on a terrible inferno.

    • Mufu Ola

      If you have documented evidences take them to EFCC. Fani Kayode was caught red handed with documented proofs, not insinuation & guessing or assumption.

      • Julius

        You have to read some of these folks comments , shake your head and laugh. Either they are ignorant of facts or they simply can understand anything. Its sad !

    • M.A

      God bless you. Many people commenting here are blind followers who don’t even know why FFK was charged in the first instance. By the way Saint Buhari is missing and a dollar is already 506 naira. FFK shouldn’t be your headache.

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  • pheliciti

    Awon oloshi!

    • Oskirin

      yeye jude ndukwe….so office of dasuki no b govt agency wey giv am money? go n look 4 beta defence…na bcoz people like me abuse d hell out of him he made d u turn..he nefa c anything….dt him butter colour house 4 aso drive will b taken over by efcc and i will b among guyz wey go bid 4 it.ole nla.

    • Julius

      lolz, abi ooo !

  • British Nigerian

    Grandstanding indeed!

  • Julius

    This dude can never do anything straight. Now he is disputing his own lawyer statement to the court…in an open courtroom. Na wa oo. I promise you, he will eventually refund the money.