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Court fines Fani-Kayode N200,000 for absence in court, threatens to revoke his bail

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On Wednesday, Justice Daniel Osaigor of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, to pay N200,000 for failing to appear for a re-arraignment for alleged money laundering.

Justice Osaigor said he went through the court’s file and found five different letters from Fani-Kayode requesting adjournment on the same medical grounds.

As a result, the court ordered that he pay the money or face having his bail revoked.

Fani-Kayode was charged alongside Nenandi Usman, a former Minister of State for Finance, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Yusuf Danjuma, the former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, and Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited were also indicted.

The EFCC preferred 17 counts bordering on N4.6 billion in money laundering against them before Justice Mohammed Aikawa. They’d all pleaded not guilty pleas and were granted bail.

The trial had commenced before Aikawa, and witnesses were being called to testify before the judge when the court was moved out of Lagos’ jurisdiction. As a result, Justice Osaigor was assigned to the case, and the defendants were re-arraigned on Wednesday.

Mrs Bilikisu Buhari confirmed her appearance for prosecution when the matter was called on Wednesday.

The first defendant (Usman) was represented by Mr I. J. Ogechukwu, the second defendant (Fani-Kayode) by Mr B. F. Ajudua, and the third and fourth defendants were represented by Y. Olabode.

Buhari then informed the court that on July 15, the prosecution requested that the case be adjourned so that the defendants could be re-arraigned.

The prosecution received a letter from the second defendant on October 11 notifying them that he had been placed on bed rest, she told the court.

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