EFCC Files Fresh Charges Against Fani-kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed fresh money laundering charges against the former spokesman of Goodluck Jonathan's campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode. The fresh charges were filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

In the fresh charges, Fani-Kayode is the sole defendant.

Fani-Kayode who was Director of Media and Publicity of the Jonathan campaign, is already standing trial before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

He is facing 17 counts of money laundering before Lagos Division of the court, along with a former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman; Danjuma Yusuf and a firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

They were charged with unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money to the tune of N4.9billion.

But the EFCC in the fresh case filed five counts in which it accused him of diverting N26m allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser while Sambo Dsuki was in office.

The EFCC also accused him of handling the said N26m without going through financial institution as required under the Money Laundering Act.

Fani-Kayode was absent but he was represented by a team of lawyers led by Wale Balogun. Balogun who complained why the prosecution who filed the charges was not aware of the proceedings.

He said that his client had yet to be served with the charges as required. He sought an adjournment and the judge adjourned till November 10 for arraignment.

The judge also ordered that hearing notice be served on the EFCC.