Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Trial of ex-Aviation Minister, Fani-Kayode stalled

21 November 2013, 20:10

Lagos - The absence of prosecution counsel on Thursday stalled the trial of Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, over alleged N230 million money laundering charge.

Fani-Kayode is standing trial on a 47-count charge before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The trial could not continue as scheduled because the lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Festus Keyamo, assigned a team of lawyers from his chambers to represent him.

The team of lawyers was led by Vitalis Ahaotu.

Counsel to the accused, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), therefore, challenged the legality of Keyamo's chambers to appear in court.

Adedipe said that Keyamo had no legal authority to delegate his law firm to practice on his behalf.

He cited Section 24 of the Legal Practioners Act, a 2007 Supreme Court decision in the case of Okafor vs Nweke to back his argument.

"I object to the appearance of the chambers of Festus Keyamo by his team of lawyers to prosecute this case.

"Keyamo is not authorised under the Legal Practitioner's Act to assign his chambers to practise," Adedipe said.

However, the Prosecution Counsel, Ahaotu, urged the court to disregard the submission of the counsel to the accused, arguing that the counsel should have filed such submission so that they could give their reply.

Justice Rita Ofilli-Ajumogobia, consequently, adjourned the case till November. 27 for further mention and told the accused counsel to file his application within two days.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC had on Febuary. 11, re-arraigned Fani-Kayode over alleged money laundering and financial impropriety to the tune of N230 million.

The former minister’s re-arraignment was consequent upon the re-assignment of the case to another judge, following the transfer of the former judge handling the matter.

Fani-Kayode was previously, arraigned on December. 23, 2008, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N200 million, with two sureties in like sum.

The EFCC stated that Fani-Kayode committed the offences when he was the Minister of Aviation and that of Culture and Tourism.

The commission said that the offences contravened the provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...