FROM: IHEANACHO NWOSU AND JAMES OJO, ABUJA
OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday stormed the Abuja residence of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, over on-going investigations of allegations that he received N840million from the Director of Finance, Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman.
Fani-Kayode who served as the spokesman of the campaign organization during the 2015 elections confirmed the development on his official Facebook page yesterday. The EFCC had earlier on Friday officially invited the former Minister to appear at its headquarters in Abuja for questioning. The letter of invitation advised Mr. Fani-Kayode to arrive at the agency’s headquarters on May 9, by 10:00 a.m.
It was gathered that the operatives had stormed the Abuja house to put the former Minister under surveillance and prevent him from fleeing the residence till Monday when he’s expected to honour his invitation. A statement he posted on his Facebook page reads “Today the EFCC invited me to come to their office on Monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house.
“The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated May 6. They said I should report on the 9th. Can someone please tell me why they (EFCC) are at my gate? They can’t even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend. I never refused their invitation. Why all this? I leave them to God.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode had said in a statement on Wednesday that he was not hiding from the agency, in response to a media report that he was on the run.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Jude Ndukwe, Mr. Fani-Kayode said he had informed his lawyers about the development, adding that he will honour the invitation and cooperate fully with the agency in the course of its investigation.
“The letter of invitation was delivered to his Abuja home and he has responded promptly through his lawyers by assuring the EFCC that he would make himself available on Monday morning to assist in their investigations,” Mr. Ndukwe said.
The EFCC’s letter, dated May 6, 2016, was signed by Mohammed Abba on behalf the agency’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
“This commission is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering involving Joint Trust Dimension Ltd. in which you featured prominently,” the letter read, adding “In view of the above, you’re requested to kindly report for an interview with the undersigned.”
As at press time, it was gathered that the EFCC operatives had already vacated Fani-Kayode’s gate following a directive from the office.