The Special Assistant on Media to the former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Mr. Jude Ndukwe, has described as illegal the continued detention of his boss by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), insisting that he has since met the bail conditions set by the court.
Ndukwe in a statement issued yesterday said the EFCC should grant Fani-Kayode his freedom or he is charged before a court of competent jurisdiction, saying he is not afraid to defend himself.
He said, “Fani-Kayode has since fulfilled the conditions for his bail but rather than take the honourable path of releasing him pending any charge brought against him, the anti-graft agency moved him from Abuja to Lagos where they obtained a questionable warrant to further detain him illegally for another three weeks.
“This is all in a bid to forcefully extract statements from him that would implicate his principal, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and other PDP leaders including serving governors whom he served as Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Campaign Organisation.”
Ndukwe said it is obvious that the EFCC has other opposition leaders whom they have referred to as “big fish” in their radar and that it sees Fani-Kayode as the only avenue through which they can “nail” such leaders, “hence, the antigraft agency’s puerile attempt to keep him in their custody beyond the legally required length of time in order to break him, his family, and force him to implicate innocent people just to achieve a more sinister motive of further silencing the opposition.”