HEADLINE | Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
By Sodiq Omolaoye (Abuja) Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan)
he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, over allegation of forgery and manipulation of documents.
It was learnt that the former minister was arrested yesterday to answer questions on possible forgery of hospital documents to hoodwink the court handling the case against him on money laundering with a view to stalling hearing.
He is currently being grilled at the Lagos office of the commission. EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the former minister to The Guardian.
The anti-graft agency had charged Fani-Kayode alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman. Also charged is Yusuf Danjuma, a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), and a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nig. Ltd.
RELATEDLY, the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC has secured 13 convictions before different Justices of the Federal and State High Courts in Ibadan and Osogbo, the capital cities of Oyo and Osun states.
The convicts were prosecuted on separate charges. Justice Uche Agomoh of Federal High Court, Ibadan, found Sowunmi, Olawale, Omolade and Badmus guilty of impersonation, contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(1) Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b) of the Act.
While Sowunmi and Olawale were sentenced to 10 months imprisonment each, Omolade and Badmus bagged nine and six months’ imprisonment each.
Similarly, Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, convicted Alabi, Atanda, Oyekanmi, Adeyemi and Adebayo on separate charges of obtaining property by false pretense contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
The judge sentenced Alabi to a term of three months community service, while Atanda, Adeyemi, Adebayo and Oyekanmi bagged two months community service each.
In the same vein, Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo found B.T.D Multiglobal Limited guilty of counts preferred against it by the EFCC.