Arrested in Abuja, a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode was recently moved to Lagos where a warrant was obtained from a court to detain him for three weeks. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday explained why it decided to move Fani-Kayode who most recently served as spokesman of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, from Abuja to Lagos.
According to the commission, FFK is involved in fresh cases that require investigation by its Lagos office.
A lawyer with the EFCC, Salisu Majidadi said this while responding to a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Apo, Abuja.
Majidadi said, beyond the N800million payment made to Fani-Kayode by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), for which he was earlier arrested in Abuja, there were fresh cases involving him in Lagos.
The lawyer, however, refused to disclose details of the cases in Lagos.
“We invited him (Fani-Kayode) on May 9. After he gave his voluntary statement he was granted bail immediately.
“But because he could not meet the bail condition, the respondent (EFCC), being a law abiding agency and bearing in mind the constitutional limit to keep the applicant in custody, we rushed to the Chief Judge of this honourable court to obtain the remand order keeping him in lawful custody.
“Then we received a letter from the Special Task Force of the EFCC in Lagos that there was another petition against him.
“The order of this court was to expire on May 24. On May 23, we took him to Lagos. We quickly obtained another order from the Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on May 23 to keep him for three weeks.
“The order obtained in Lagos was in respect of another petition. All these were to ensure that we are operating within the ambit of the law,” Majidadi said.