"Order from above" makes EFCC transfer ex-minister to Kuje prison

Fani-Kayode's trial, meant to hold at a Federal High Court in Lagos, was delayed on Monday due to the transfer.

Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode appears in court on June 28, 2016

Fani-Kayode is facing charges of money laundering but his trial, meant to hold at a Federal High Court in Lagos, was delayed on Monday, November 14, due to the transfer.

“My lord, on the said day, after the court had risen, the second accused was arrested within the court’s premises. I requested for an arrest warrant from the leader who informed me that there was none to that effect but told me that the order was `from above’,” the former minister’s lawyer, Wale Balogun said.

“The second accused was taken to the EFCC Lagos and kept till 5 p.m. when another other order came from `above’ to move him to Abuja immediately.

“He was subsequently remanded at the Kuje prisons and in view of this, we are helpless, as his bail conditions have not been perfected in spite of frantic efforts by family and friends,” he added.

The case has therefore been adjourned to December 12 for hearing.

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