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EFCC Drags Fani-Kayode to Court over Alleged Forgery of Medical Report

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has docked a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode before a Lagos Special Offences Court, Ikeja over allegations of forgery and procuring the execution of a document by false pretence.

Fani-Kayode was docked before Justice O.O Abike-Fadipe on a 12-count charge which borders on procurement of medical report from one Dr Ogieva Oziegbe with inventory number 00345 dated 11 October 2021.

The anti-graft commission alleged that Femi Fani-Kayode on October 11, 2021, in Kubwa, Abuja, fraudulent connived with one Dr Ogieva Oziegbe to execute a document titled: MEDICAL REPORT ON Olufemi Fani Kayode 60 YEARS/MALE/HOSP. NO.00345 and purported same to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital.

EFCC said that procuring and execution of documents by false pretence is contrary to section 369 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

Appearing before the court, EFCC Counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, prayed the court to take the plea of the defendant over the allegation.

But the defendant counsel, Mr Wale Balogun opposed EFCC prayer, argued that the defence team has filed an application to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

Responding, Mr Oyedepo urged the court to dismiss the application on the grounds that it was an attempt to frustrate the trial because the defendant was charged with Lagos law and it can only be heard in Lagos jurisdiction.

He emphasised that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) has addressed various antics about frivolous applications meant to delay the wheel of justice not to succeed to frustrate the trial.

In a counter-reaction, Mr Balogun told the court that the various authorities cited by the prosecution to back up his claims are wrongly interpreted. He noted that the application is not to challenge the validity of the charge information but the jurisdictions to preside over the matter.

Balogun, however, prayed the court to entertain the application and rule on it before the plea can be taken.

Following both counsel arguments and submissions, Justice Abike-Fadipe fixed December 17, 2021, to rule on their applications.

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