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Court Discharge and aquits Fani-Kayode of money laundering

by Our Reporter
Respite eventually came the way of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday (Nov. 17, 2014) as a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, discharged and acquitted him of thirty-eight count charge of money laundering out of forty count charge filed against him by the anti graft agent EFCC, whilst the court ordered him to enter his defence in the remaining two counts.In her ruling, the presiding judge, Rita Ofili Ajumogobia said in considering the issue of no case submission as filed by the defense counsel, certain laid down principles needed to be considered, such as the following. Has the prosecution led any evidence to link the accused person to the commission of the offense? Is the evidence adduced by the prosecution so credible to sway the court to compel the accused person to enter his defense and is the evidence so adduced make meaning and sense to any discerning minds?

Justice Ajumogobia, while appraising the submission of the prosecution and the defense said the prosecution has failed woefully to prove beyond reasonable doubt the offense in thirty-eight. Counts accordingly discharged and acquitted the former minister on this charges while the former minister was ordered to enter his defence in counts twenty-five and twenty-six.

The case has been adjourned till 8 December, when Chief Fani-Kayode is expected to open his defense on those two counts.

This is victory over political prosecution and injustice in the land, it is however important to say that there is hope for Nigeria, this is also an indication that our justice delivery system is perfectly working and devoid of bias and sentiments.

For Chief Femi Fani-Kayode I salute your courage, steadfastness and for the hope you have in God, the final arbiter. I have no doubt absolutely that you are coasting to victory. Congratulations Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.


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