Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday revealed how he was arrested illegally and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for 24 days without warrant.

Fani-Kayode, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jude Ndukwe, revealed how the commission was warned by Justice Muslim Hassan, not to re-arrest him as he was previously detained by them for 67 days.

“Justice Hassan said this because he had granted Chief Fani-Kayode court bail as far back as July 4th and at the previous court session he had specifically warned and admonished the EFCC not to re-arrest or detain him after his lawyer told the court that that was what they were planning to do.

“Justice Hassan told the EFCC that serving charges on an accused person should not warrant arrest and detention and that he himself was once a prosecutor and that was not the way things are meant to be done,” he said.

He explained that “when EFFC and its prosecutor, one Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo attempted to lie to the court and feign ignorance of the re- arrest and detention of Chief Fani-Kayode and when he tried to proffer a shameless and disgraceful justification for it after he was forced to admit that it happened, Justice Hassan advised him to stop trying to defend the indefensible and advised him to tender his apologies to the court for the illegal behaviour of the EFCC.

“Oyedepo took the advice and he promptly apologised. The behaviour of the EFCC and their gestapo-like tactics  does not surprise us because the hatred and pure venom that the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim  Magu, harbours for Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, his family and  indeed any member of the opposition that speaks out openly against the government is self-evident and legendary.”

Fani-Kayode lamented that
“What is more surprising is the fact that every single newspaper in the country blacked out the story, with the exception of The Nation, and refused to report what was essentially a very serious and rare rebuke by a sitting Federal High Court judge about the wayward and reckless abuse of power by an organisation that is headed by a man who is filled with malice and who is prepared to do anything, including using the most primitive and barbaric practices of brutality and force and the perverse manipulation, threatening and teleguiding of the media to crush all forms of dissent and opposition in the name of fighting corruption.

“The truth is that Magu and his brutal and unlawful ways has created more enemies for the government and has thwarted and done greater damage to the war against corruption by targetting innocent men and women for persecution rather than prosecution.”

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