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“Fani-Kayode Hospitalised After DSS Grilling, Has No Peace Of Mind” – Lawyer Tells Court



A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has been hospitalized following his experience at the office of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.

"Fani-Kayode Hospitalised After DSS Grilling, Has No Peace Of Mind" – Lawyer Tells Court

Fani-Kayoder’s lawyer, Wale Balogun disclosed this at the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja while explaining why the ex-minister was absent from court on Monday.

The ex-minister is standing trial over the alleged use of false documents, fabricated evidence and procuring execution of documents before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Fani-Kayode on 12 counts, in which he was accused of tendering a forged medical report before Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos, where he is being prosecuted for alleged N4.9bn fraud.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, the defendant’s counsel, Wale Balogun, informed the court that Fani-Kayode was absent in court because he was hospitalized after a “running battle” with the DSS and police.

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Balogun informed the court that, “We regret to announce to your lordship that the defendant is not in court due to health reasons, and secondly due to a running battle he has with both the DSS and the police.”

“Since the last time we were here, the defendant has been reporting every day at the DSS, and while he was doing this, the Nigeria Police invited him” for questioning with regards to some comments Fani-Kayode made online.

He added, “Since we left here at the last date, he has not been able to have peace of mind, and that has affected his health.

“On the 16th, he was at the hospital and on Saturday he was also readmitted at the National Hospital.

“Even now as we speak, he is also there, and based on this it has become imperative to seek your lordship’s indulgence not only to vacate today, but the other days, 21 and 22.

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“We humbly apply that those days be vacated to enable him resolve those issues.”

The lawyer said he had shared some documents with the prosecution in that regard.

The EFCC prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, said, “The defence counsel this morning, shared with us two documents; one is a medical report and another from the Nigeria Police.

“In the circumstance, we leave the decision to the discretion of the court.”

After listening to the lawyers, Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe adjourned the case till May 24 and 25 for the continuation of trial.

KanyiDaily recalls that Femi Fani-Kayode had revealed that the DSS invited him to their office over his allegations that Atiku Abubakar was plotting a coup with Army generals ahead of the forthcoming general election.

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