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Fani-Kayode: DSS Grilling: I’m Not Hospitalised




A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, faulted newspaper reports that said he was hospitalised after a grilling by the Department of State Services (DSS) over a coup plot claim.

THE EDITOR NIGERIA reports that Fani-Kayode’s forgery trial before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja was stalled on Monday as the ex-minister was absent from court.

He is standing trial over the alleged use of false documents, fabricated evidence, and procuring the execution of documents before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain on 12 counts, in which he was accused of tendering a forged medical report before Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos, where he is being prosecuted for alleged N4.9bn fraud.


At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, the defendant’s counsel, Wale Balogun, informed the court that Fani-Kayode was not in court.

“We regret to announce to your lordship that the defendant (Fani-Kayode) is not in court due to health reasons, and secondly due to a running battle he has with both the DSS and the police,” he said.

Balogun informed the court that “since the last time we were here, the defendant has been reporting every day at the DSS, and while he was doing this, the Nigeria Police invited him” for questioning with regards to some comments Fani-Kayode made online.

“Since we left here at the last date, he has not been able to have peace of mind, and that has affected his health.


“On the 16th, he was at the hospital and on Saturday he was also readmitted at the National Hospital.
“Even now as we speak, he is also there, and based on this it has become imperative to seek your lordship’s indulgence not only to vacate today, but the other days, 21 and 22.

“We humbly apply that those days be vacated to enable him resolve those issues.”

Reacting to reports that he was bedridden, Fani-Kayode wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “Since when did visiting my doctor at the hospital and having a few days of bed rest in my home as a consequence of his counsel turned into being “hospitalised?”


“Illiteracy is a terrible thing! I laugh at those who relish in mendacious headlines in an attempt to sell their wares.”


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