My EFCC Battle and A Great Day in Court, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Posted on Dec 26 2014 - 2:10am by admin

God is really nice and this essay serves as a sworn statement to His love, mercy, faithfulness and awesome power. We had a really perfect day in court on Monday, November 17. I provide because of God. After we made our no-case submission, I was once discharged and acquitted of 38 counts out of the 40-count cost that the commercial and monetary Crimes commission (EFCC) profered towards me numerous years ago.

i have been fighting this topic and have waited for at the moment for the last seven years when the entire nightmare first started. God has once again proved how trustworthy he’s to His own. most effective He may have achieved it. He promised that He would do it and He did it. To Him alone be the glory.

the place and how did it all start? In 2007 after we left place of job and the late President Yar’adua came to power, the most vicious and insidious marketing campaign of calumny, misrepresentation, fabrication and persecution was once unleashed in opposition to those of us that served President Olusegun Obasanjo’s executive faithfully, diligently and loyally, that had been members of his internal circle and that were labelled as ”Obasanjo” or ”OBJ” boys. These so-known as ”OBJ boys” included people like Nasir El-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu and quite a lot of others. each certainly one of them have a story to inform.

Mine is as follows. In 2008, the Yar’adua administration alleged that I stole 19.5 billion naira (114 million USD) from the Aviation Intervention Fund after I was Minister of Aviation. This used to be even though the Senator Anyim Ude-led Senate Aviation Commitee had investigated the matter completely in a highly celebrated and neatly-attended public listening to and gave me a easy invoice of health on this allegation.

regardless of that easy bill of well being, the EFCC insisted on conducting their very own investigation. After their so-called investigation, they arrested me, detained me illegally for 10 days and locked up, humiliated and tortured most of my body of workers, political associates and political appointees.

they also removed most of my recognized loyalists from govt positions and key appointments and so they went out of their option to destroy them. This was all done in an try and coerce them into making false statements against me and to implicate me.

in the end they charged me to courtroom but there was no proof of any wrongdoing on my section and eventually all charges had been dropped for want of proof.

Later that very same year, they came back again and alleged that I stole 6.5 billion naira (38 million USD) from the safe Tower venture when I was Minister of Aviation. again there was no proof of any wrongdoing on my phase and once once more, in the end, all charges had been dropped for need of evidence.

but because of the clear and precise orders that they received from the top, they refused to stop. That order was once that I should be destroyed at all costs.

slightly than get better, things in truth received a long way worse. It changed into an obsession for these in the corridors of power at that time to discredit, humiliate, shame and jail me although they knew that I had completed nothing incorrect.

In 2009, they ambushed me, arrested me, detained me for another 10 days at Ikoyi prison and at last hit me with a 47-rely cash laundering charge. They alleged that I laundered 200 million naira (1,169,000 USD) while I used to be Minister of tradition and Tourism and whilst I was once Minister of Aviation respectively between 2006 and 2007.

I contested their claims and maintained that I was harmless of the entire costs. After four years of going inside and out of quite a lot of courts, ahead of at least three separate judges, they modified their minds, reduced the selection of counts from 47 to 40 and alleged that i did not launder 200 million however relatively ninety nine million (679,000 USD).

We contended that they had now not even made a prima facie case let by myself prove the allegation. in consequence we entered a no-case submission before the presiding judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal excessive court in Lagos, on November 10.

precisely one week later, on November 17, and a good six years after the cash- laundering fees had been first filed, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia considered their 40-depend cost and dominated that in 38 out of the forty counts, a prima facie case had now not been made towards me and that I had no case to reply to.

I used to be subsequently discharged and acquited of 38 counts of the charge with out even having to enter a defence. these counts symbolize the amount of ninety six.5 million naira (664, 000 USD).

the remaining two counts symbolize the sum of 1 million naira (6000 USD) and 1.1 million naira (6,500 USD) respectively which they allege that I laundered whilst I was once Minister of tradition and Tourism in 2006. The court docket has directed that I existing my defence to those two allegations.

I stay up for doing so on and we will commence that process on December 8. On that day, we shall present a vigorous defence to these spurious and politically-motivated allegations and expenses. I stay confident within the perception that we will succeed and that what the Lord has started, he is faithful to finish.

by the grace and mercy of God victory was once ours these days and victory will be ours again the next day and certainly at all times. The bible says ”many are the afflictions of the righteous however the Lord grants them of all of them”. My innocence has spoken for me at every flip, the Lord has delivered me and i should not have one iota of doubt that He shall proceed to do so.

it is the doing of the Lord and it’s marvelous in our sight. I have no doubt by any means that the Lord shall perfect His work and deliver me completely from the fingers of my enemies.

I thank all those that have stood with the aid of me, encouraged me and prayed for me over the past seven years and indeed during this grueling ordeal. It was indeed a tough length and an ideal take a look at for me and my domestic.

Most important of all it proved one thing to me: that with no check there can also be no testimony. It proved that with out a mess there can also be no message. It proved that with out trials and tribulations there can also be no vindication or lasting victories.

It proved to me that without going through the freshest fireplace there may also be no purification and refining. It proved to me that except you crumple and contact the underside you cannot stand up and upward thrust to the top.

It proved to me that without any pain there can also be no achieve. i have been to the underside of the valley and i’ve survived it: now I shall upward push to the highest of the mountain.

a unique thanks goes to my darling spouse Regina for never giving up on me and for always trusting in me. She is so sturdy and, not like me, she never flinched for one second all the way through this complete ordeal. without her I couldn’t have made it in the course of the last seven years.

She is a superb believer in the power of God, a true Daughter of Zion, a Princess of the dominion and a girl of unshakable religion and unimpeachable advantage and integrity. She is the mummy of my cherished daughter, Remi, and she is my heart and my energy: a valuable gift from God.

I bless the title of the Lord for all that i’ve been via and for delivering me from the palms of people who are seeking my destruction and death. I thank Him for His faithfulness. To Him by myself be the glory.

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