An Abuja high court has dismissed a fundamental rights suit filed by Femi Fani-Kayode, challenging his prolonged detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Adegboyega Adeniyi ruled that his detention for up to 50 days before being charged to court was in order because the anti-corruption agency got a remand order from a magistrate court.
Fani-Kayode, a former minister and spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation in 2015, is facing a 17-count charge of money laundering of up to N4.9 billion. Charged alongside him are Nenadi Usman, a former minister of state for finance who served as director of finance for the Jonathan campaign, and two others.
On Tuesday, a federal high court in Lagos had remanded the accused persons in prison until July 3 when their bail hearing will hold.
While in EFCC custody, Fani-Kayode had filed a fundamental human rights suit seeking an order for his release, but ustice Adeniyi threw it out on Wednesday, absolving the EFCC of breaching any law.
The judge held that the remand order procured by the EFCC was in line with the provision of chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution, which allows it to question anyone in the course of an investigation.