The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, arrested Femi former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over allegations of forgery.
The former minister was taken to the EFCC office shortly after his trial at the Federal High Court in Lagos on alleged money laundering was adjourned.
EFCC had quizzed Fani-Kayode on November 23 at the Lagos zonal command of the commission over allegations of forgery.
The former minister had also confirmed being questioned by the EFCC in a statement.
Although all the defendants were present in court on Tuesday, the trial couldn’t proceed due to the absence of Ferdinand Orbih, counsel representing the first defendant, Nenadi Usman.
Orbih had sent a letter to the court explaining his absence and seeking for an adjournment.
Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC counsel, did not oppose the request for adjournment.
The EFCC counsel, however, told the judge that the commission had recently discovered that all the medical reports of hospitals, including that of Kubwa General Hospital in Abuja, previously presented by Fani-Kayode to stall his trial on health grounds were fake.
But the judge held that the commission should have sorted out the issue before the court acted on the letters to grant an adjournment, adding that the court had become ‘functus officio,’ having performed its function on the matter.
Responding, Oyedepo told the court that the commission is currently acting on the report.
The case was then adjourned till January 24, 2022.
Shortly after the defendants stepped out of court, Oyedepo and Shehu Shuaibu, an EFCC investigator, walked up to Fani-Kayode.
After an exchange, the former minister got into his car and went with the EFCC officials to their office.