Why Fani-Kayode was moved to Lagos – EFCC explains

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday explained why it moved former spokesman of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, from Abuja to Lagos.

EFCC arrested Fani-Kayode in Abuja, but later transferred him to Lagos, where it obtained a court warrant to remand him in custody for three weeks.

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The commission said the ex- Minister of Aviation’s movement to Lagos was informed by his involvement in fresh cases, which required thorough investigation by its Lagos office.

A lawyer with the EFCC, Salisu Majidadi said this while responding to a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Apo, Abuja.

Majidadi said, beyond the N800million payment made to Fani-Kayode by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), for which he was earlier arrested in Abuja, there were fresh cases involving him in Lagos.

The lawyer, however, refused to disclose details of the cases in Lagos.

“We invited him (Fani-Kayode) on May 9. After he gave his voluntary statement he was granted bail immediately.

“But because he could not meet the bail condition, the respondent (EFCC), being a law abiding agency and bearing in mind the constitutional limit to keep the applicant in custody, we rushed to the Chief Judge of this honourable court to obtain the remand order keeping him in lawful custody.

“Then we received a letter from the Special Task Force of the EFCC in Lagos that there was another petition against him‎.

“The order of ‎this court was to expire on May 24. On May 23, we took him to Lagos‎. We quickly obtained another order from the Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on May 23 to keep him for three weeks.

“‎The order obtained in Lagos was in respect of another petition. All these were to ensure that we are operating within the ambit of the law,” Majidadi said.



  1. Whatever are the reasons for the transfer and detention we now know that EFCC has in their hands ,momentarily two big fishes and when the names are published or announced by Minister for Information and Culture – Lai Muhammed,

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