The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, refused to grant the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s application, seeking the revocation of the bail granted to the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, asked the Federal High Court in Abuja, to revoke the bail it granted the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.
24 REPORTS had reported that EFCC had alleged that Fani-Kayode diverted N26 million he received from the embattled National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, asked Justice John Tsoho to grant his plea, noting that Fani-Kayode had continued to be absent in court for his trial lately.
Abubakar, also enjoined the court to issue a bench warrant on the defendant and also summon his surety to show cause why the bail bond should not be forfeited.
However, Justice John Tsoho ruled that the medical report brought by the defence counsel, Wale Balogun, that Fani-Kayode was indisposed was sufficient reason to reject the application by the EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.
The judge also disagreed with Balogun that an application for bail revocation ought to have been made orally, citing the law to back the decision.
He agreed with Abubakar that the defendant had a personal responsibility to his case.
Tsoho however, said that the reasons given by the defence counsel for the absence of his client on the two previous occasions when the court sat were justifiable.
He adjourned the matter until Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, 2021, for the continuation of hearing, NAN reports.