- Federal high court judge Justice Sule Hassan says the re-arrest of Femi Fani-Kayode by the EFCC was totally wrong because it flouted a court order
- Justice Hassan also said there was no reason Fani-Kayode should still be in detention until Monday, November 14 when he had been granted bail by a court of competent jurisdiction
A federal high court judge in Lagos Justice Sule Hassan has slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for re-arresting and detaining former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode, The Nation reports.
Justice Hassan told EFCC’s prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo that it was wrong of the EFCC not only to arrest Fani-Kayode but it was also wrong for it to still detain him after he had been granted bail by the same court some weeks back.
NAIJ.com recalls that Fani-Kayode was rearrested by EFCC on October 21 after he had been granted bail by Justice Hassan and only returned to the court for his trial. Fani-Kayode was taken away to Abuja federal high court where he was arraigned before Justice John Tsoho on fresh N26million fraud charge.
The livid judge’s outburst today, Monday, November 14 was as a result of the inability of the EFCC to produce Fani-Kayode in court for continuation of his trial in Lagos.
The Nation reports that drama started when the case resumed and Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr S. I. Balogun, told Justice Hassan that Fani-Kayode was in detention at Kuje Prison having not met his bail conditions.
He said: “When he was arrested in Lagos, EFCC did not exhibit any arrest warrant. The team leader said he was acting on orders from above.
“After his arraignment in Abuja, EFCC lied to the judge that it was through intelligence that Fani-Kayode was arrested and that he would jump bail. They never disclosed that he was arrested in court.
“As at this morning, he has been transferred to Kuje Prison. His family and friends have been making efforts to perfect his bail. We condemn in strong terms the prosecution’s style.”
Danjuma’s lawyer, Mr S. I. Ameh (SAN), said EFCC’s action was an affront on the court.
“Most times they do these things because they get away with it. They should have produced him in court this morning to show that what they did was not deliberate,” he said.
EFCC’s lawyer Oyedepo Rotimi said the case in Abuja had no connection with the one in Lagos but the judge said: ”He (Fani-Kayode) was arrested in the court premises in flagrant disobedient of the order of this court and kept in detention for 21 days.”
“In a civilised society, are you supposed to keep him in detention after he was granted bail?”
“Instead of defending what you don’t know, you should have simply said you were not privy to the facts of the case.”
Rotimi apologised, saying: “In the unlikely event that your Lordship construes his arrest as disobedience to the order granting him bail, we apologise.”
Justice Hassan adjourned until December 12 for trial.
Meanwhile, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights laywer Femi Falana has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release former national security adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) as soon as possible.
Falana, in a statement released on Sunday, November 13, said it was time that the President checked human rights abuses under his administration and a good way to start is to release Dasuki who has been in jail for over a year despite court orders for his release.