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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
has filed fresh money laundering charges against
a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-
Kayode.
The fresh charges were filed before the Federal
High Court in Abuja.
Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity in
the campaign organisation of ex-President
Goodluck Jonathan, is already standing trial
before the Lagos Division of the Federal High
Court.
He is facing 17 counts of money laundering
before the Lagos Division of the court, along
with a former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman;
Danjuma Yusuf and a firm, Joint Trust Dimension
Nig. Ltd.
They were charged with unlawful retention,
unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to
the tune of N4.9bn.
But in the fresh charges numbered, FHC/ABJ/
CR/140/2016, Fani-Kayode is the sole defendant.
The EFCC in the fresh case filed five counts in
which it accused the defendant of diverting
N26m allegedly received from the Office of the
National Security Adviser while Sambo Dsuki
was in office.
The EFCC also accused him of handling the said
N26m without going through financial institution
as required under the Money Laundering Act.
The case was mentioned before Justice John
Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on
Friday.
The prosecution was absent at the proceedings.
Although Fani-Kayode was absent, he was
represented by a team of lawyers led by Mr.
Wale Balogun. Balogun wondered why the
prosecution who filed the charges was not
aware of the proceedings.
He complained that his client had yet to be
served with the charges as required.
He sought an adjournment and the judge
adjourned till November 10 for arraignment.
The judge also ordered that hearing notice be
served on the EFCC.

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