EFCC files 17- count charge against Femi Fani-Kayode over alleged N1.5bn fraud

Former Aviation Minister Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode

A 17-count charge has been filed against a former Aviation Minister and Spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged 1.5 billion Naira fraud.

A former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, a firm – Joint Trust Dimensions Limited – one Danjuman Yusuf and another Olubode Oke, (said to be at large) were also charged alongside Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.

The defendants are expected to be arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos as soon as the case is assigned to a judge.

Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode was named in all 17 counts as seen in a copy of the charge, the former Finance Minister was only named in the first four counts of the charge. In the first count, Usman, Fani-Kayode, Yusuf And Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited on or about January 8, 2015, within the jurisdiction of the Court conspired to indirectly retain the sum of 1.5 billion Naira, a sum the EFCC said they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing.

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The charge read that “They, therefore, committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Offence is punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act”. The EFCC had listed 17 witnesses to testify against the defendants including top executives of some banks.

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