Femi Fani Kayode and former campaign director for Goodluck Jonathan, has been incarcerated in one of the cells within Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fani-Kayode was asked to report himself to EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday this week. During the weekend, EFCC operatives served him a letter which this news house published. They later stormed his residence to stave off any escape by the former minister.
It was learnt that during his interrogation, Fani-Kayode understood that the EFCC has three financial crimes levelled against him. He was only invited for one of those.
An EFFC operative who wouldn’t want his identity in print stated that stated that Fani Kayode “Will be in our custody for a few more days because we have multiple fraud charges against him,” the confidential source disclosed to our reporter. Fani Kayode now knows that he is in big trouble and that investigators have gathered a lot of evidence against him.”
The source further stated that EFCC will be interrogating Fani Kayode on the remaining charges preferred against him in coming days while in custody. What this means that, Femi might be holed up in EFCC for some days in a row.
Recall that Fani Kayode is being investigated following how campaign monies were illegally withdrawn from CBN and distributed to former President Jonathan’s cronies; including Fani Kayode. It was alleged that Fani-Kayode got N840million; Nenadi Usman got N140million; Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri got N350 million; Olu Falae got N100m; Okey Ezenwa got N100million and Goodluck Support Group got N320million.
In 2013, Femi Fani Kayode announced his defection from the ruling People’s Democratic Party to the yet-to-be-registered All Progressives Congress.
According to Fani Kayode, “I had a meeting with Gov. Kayode Fayemi afterwards and I have just publicly and formally declared for the APC. For me this is a great and historic day. Goodbye forever PDP.” Mr. Fani-Kayode declared his defection from PDP shortly after Atiku Abubakar, issued a statement saying the PDP is on the path of destruction and called on its founding fathers to rise up to save it from collapse.
Then in 2015, Fani Kayode returned to PDP again. According to him, “My reasons for leaving APC is because I consider nation-building as being far more important than party politics, party affiliation or party formations.
“I am a devout and committed Christian and I cannot remain in a party where a handful of people that have sympathies for Boko Haram and that have a clear Islamic agenda are playing a leading role.
“This is made all the more untenable when some of those people are working hard silently and behind the scenes to impose a Muslim/Muslim ticket on the party for the Presidential elections next year.”
One wonders whether the current trial borders on corruption or whether Fani is paying for his “sins”.