Judge threatens bench warrant against Fani-Kayode
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on May 25, 2023
A Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja has threatened to declare a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, wanted over his refusal to appear before the court for his trial.
Fani-Kayode is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 12 counts bordering on the use of false documents, use of fabricated evidence, and procuring the execution of documents by false pretense.
The ex-minister was alleged to have forged medical reports, which he tendered before Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos, where he is being prosecuted by the EFCC for an alleged N4.9bn fraud.
Justice Olubumni Abike-Fadipe, who was displeased with Fani-Kayode’s refusal to appear before the court to face his trial after his arraignment on December 17, 2021, and subsequent adjournments, made the threat yesterday, Wednesday 24th May, 2023, when the matter came up.