Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, is suffering from a heart related ailment and has been hospitalised for proper care.
This was disclosed by his lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday.
Fani-Kayode was supposed to be in court to answer to the alleged N4.9bn fraud charge made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
When the matter was called, his lawyer, Norrison Quakers (SAN), informed the judge that the former aviation minister could not attend his trial having been admitted at the hospital for a heart-related ailment.
Quakers asked Justice Aikawa to grant an adjournment, with a promise to provide the court with a medical report to back Fani-Kayode’s claim of ill health.
In his response, lawyer to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo who said he would not be opposing the application for adjournment, called the attention of the court to the provision of Section 396 (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which stipulated that no party, in a criminal case, could have more than five adjournments.
Oyedepo called the attention of Justice Aikawa to the fact that already, the case had been adjourned twice at the instance of Fani-Kayode.
Justice Aikawa adjourned the matter until February 28 and March 1 and 2, 2018, after entertaining arguments from parties.
It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had re-arraigned Fani-Kayode on a 17 counts of money laundering alongside the former minister of state for finance, Nenadi Usman, who was listed as the first defendant in the charge.
The third and fourth defendants in the case are one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited.
The charge hinges on alleged conspiracy, unlawful retention of proceeds of theft and money laundering.
Fani-Kayode, who held sway as the Director of Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation for the 2015 election, was accused of conspiracy with others to, directly and indirectly, retain various sums, which the EFCC claimed they ought to have reasonably known were proceeds of crime.