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Fani-Kayode released from detention

15 July 2016, 22:05Tony Smart, News24 Nigeria

Abuja -  A former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has been released from detention after meeting his bail conditions.

Fani-Kayode was released in Lagos, two months after his arrest, detention and arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The former minister, who was the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, was arrested on May 9, 2016 for allegedly receiving N840m during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

He was arraigned along with the ex-Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf, on June 28, 2016 before Justice Hassan on 17 counts of conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering.

The Federal High Court had granted bail in the sum of 250 million naira each, to Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman and Danjuma Yusuf who are being tried by the EFCC for allegedly stealing and laundering about 4.9 billion naira.

Fani-Kayode was also asked to present two sureties who own of landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction  and had evidence of tax clearance in the state.

It was gathered the the ex-minister did not immediately meet his bail condition, hence his continued detention for days after the ruling.

- News 24


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