A former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission plans to re-arrest and detain him indefinitely.
In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, the erstwhile spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization, said the commission was planning to re-arrest him, even though he had been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos.
“I have been reliably informed by my sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that they are planning to re-arrest and detain me for as long as possible once again even though I have been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Lagos,” he said.
According to the statement, fresh charges were filed against him by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 7 on allegations that he received N26 million from the National Security Adviser’s office in 2014.
“These are politically-motivated charges and there is no truth in or substance to them whatsoever,” he said.
He explained that the case had been assigned to a judge and the date for arraignment had been set for November 10 before Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
“My lawyers were in court for the original date of arraignment on the 14th of October but for some curious reason the EFCC did not show up on that day,” he said.
“The matter was therefore adjourned till 10th November and my lawyers have given an undertaking to the Judge to ensure that I am in court on that day. They have also written to the EFCC to that effect and our letter was acknowledged by them.
“Because of that the matter is now seized of the court yet the EFCC are still planning to arrest me probably at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos after I appear there on Friday 21st October to attend my trial on the trumped up and, again, politically-motivated charges concerning the presidential campaign funds.
“If they do not arrest me then they will arrest me and seek to detain me for as long as possible soon after that. Whichever way they will come and I am ready for them. I am not running.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode accused the commission of being a “willing and able tool” in the hands of the “hawks and hardliners” in the Buhari administration, who are acting on orders.
“They are desperate to keep me out of circulation and off the streets and I have been reliably informed that they were ordered to ensure that that is the case by the Presidency,” he alleged.
“They are also eager to arrest and detain my wife and my eight-month-old son just to hurt and spite me even though they have done absolutely nothing wrong.
“By the time I am in their custody they will start churning out all manner of garbage and lies to the media about me and my family and they will say all sorts of things about supposedly new matters which they have ‘just discovered’ and ‘fresh allegations.’
“They will even claim that I have admitted to certain crimes, that I have been badly implicated and that I in turn have implicated other people.
“Please do not believe a word of these dirty lies when they start flowing. It is called disinformation and the EFCC indulge in it all the time.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode said he knew about the plan for over a month ago, saying he was not deterred nor scared.
“The more evil they do to me, the more the coals of fire will pour on their heads. Also the more the President will continue to fail woefully and have all manner of strange and inexplicable problems,” he said.
“Wickedness and wicked men never last. No matter what they do to me that is my consolation. They are bullies and cowards and they have no shame. My only crime is that I have spoken the bitter truth to power and I am very proud of that.”
He also said he stood by every word he said about the present government, which he described as corrupt and inept.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Mr. Fani-Kayode’s allegations were mere speculations.
“I don’t respond to speculations,” he said.
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