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Forgery Allegation: Fani-Kayode reacts to EFCC arrest

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode says he has been granted bail after his arrest over forgery allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Recall that the commission had earlier on Tuesday disclosed the arrest of Fani-Kayode in Lagos over alleged forgery and fraud.

Fani-Kayode who disclosed this development via a tweet said he was granted bail by the commission on “self-recognition”.

The former minister also dismissed claims of being arrested by operatives of the EFCC Lagos zonal command.

He said, “Just arrived at the George Hotel for dinner. I was never arrested by the EFCC.

“I was invited & I flew down to Lagos to see them. I arrived in their office at 2.00 pm & left at 8.30 pm. I was granted bail on self-recognition. They were very polite & professional. Thanks be to God.”

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren commenting on the alleged arrest, said, “I don’t have the details you are asking for. It happened in Lagos.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that Fani-Kayode is being investigated for forgery of his medical report to evade his ongoing trial for alleged fraud.

The commission is prosecuting Fani-Kayode and two others on 17 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud to the tune of N4.9 billion.

Also, a Federal High Court in Lagos had awarded a fine of N200,000 against the former minister for his absence from court with respect to the alleged N4.9 billion fraud.

The former minister who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives (APC), is also standing trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja over diversion of funds he allegedly took fraudulently from the office of the National Security Adviser ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Fani-Kayode served as the spokesperson for the 2015 PDP presidential campaigns for the reelection of then President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

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