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Fani-Kayode leaves prisons, says detention ‘quite an experience’

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

A former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode has finally been released by authorities of Kuje Prisons in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on Friday night after perfecting his bail conditions.

The former minister has been in detention since his arrest on May 9, 2016, in Abuja after he was picked up by operatives of the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his role in the botched weapon procurement saga in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Though, he was arraigned by the EFCC but the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on July 4 granted a N250 million bail to the former spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan 2015 presidential campaign organization.

Fani-Kayode, had been charged alongside a former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and Joint Trust Dimensions Nigeria Limited on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments exceeding the amount authorized by law.

They are being accused of diverting about N4.9 billion belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria for political and personal uses.

His media aide, Jude Ndukwe, had earlier confirmed that Fani-Kayode was released in Lagos after meeting his bail conditions.

Reacting to the development, he said, “I am back to the land of the living. It was quite an experience. I am very happy to be a free man again. My appreciation goes to all Nigerians that showed concern, my friends and family, the media and above all, God almighty”.

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