On Friday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charged Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, with falsifying medical papers in order to avoid trial.
Fani-Kayode was charged with 12 charges in front of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.
Fani-Kayode pleaded not guilty to the allegations, which include procuring papers under false pretenses, utilizing fraudulent documents, falsifying evidence, and using forged evidence, according to the Nigerian News Agency.
According to the EFCC, Fani-Kayode obtained bogus medical reports on several times through one Dr Ogieva Oziegbe in order to avoid attending his trial at the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
Following the defendant’s not guilty plea, the EFCC’s attorney, Mr S. I. Suleiman, requested a trial date from the court.
He also prayed the court to remand the former minister.
In an oral application, the counsel for the defendant, Mr Wale Balogun, prayed the court to grant him bail in accordance with Section 115(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2021 as amended.
He said the defendant had, since 2016, been standing trial before two justices of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court and had met all the requirements for bail in the cases.
Balogun noted that Fani-Kayode had deposited his passport with the Federal High Court as part of the terms of his bail.
He said, “Upon the commencement of investigation into this matter, the defendant was invited on November 23 by the EFCC and interviewed for several hours and granted bail on self-recognition.
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