End of the Road as Fani-Kayode Embarks on a Journey of No Return

By Amako Nneji June 13, 2016 05:00

End of the Road  as Fani-Kayode Embarks on a Journey of No Return

The continual detention of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and an unrepentant critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been described by many political activists, as a journey of no return.

Unconfirmed report shows that the former military dictator and now a “born again democrat” (Buhari), is set to cripple the vocal critic of his administration, using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as a tool.

In what seems as a joke, the invitation by the EFCC, asking Fani-Kayode to appear at the office of the commission for an interview on Monday, May 9, was the beginning of his alleged unlawful detention and psychological torture.

“An invitation by the EFCC to Fani-Kayode to come and discuss his role in the disbursement of the account of a private firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited, spells doom. For someone as experienced like the Former Minister of Aviation”, a source said.

Recall, that the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, recently told a crack team of reporters that no one that has been invited by the commission can come out clean.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, a few months ago, took a swipe on the anti-graft agency, while describing it as a toothless bulldog that has become a willing tools in hands of politicians.

Fani Kayode, knew that his inglorious arrest was coming. He expected it and possibly anticipated it with a mixture of excitement and fear.

The lesson is clear from a similar invitation by the EFCC to the former PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh. From there, his new home became Kuje prison and his case is still on.

It did not help matters that he appeared in court, a day after he collapsed, possibly under the weight of the trial.

As at the time of filing in this report, Metuh is lying Sick in one of the hospitals in Lagos State.

On Fani Kayode, an EFCC investigator revealed that money was paid by the Central Bank Nigeria, CBN, into the account of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Library, from where it was moved into the account of a private firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.

The investigator said, Fani-Kayode received N840 million, which was allegedly paid to him in three tranches.

“Fani-Kayode was the chief beneficiary of the disbursement, as he allegedly received a whooping N840 million, paid in three tranches into his Zenith bank, Maitama branch”.‎

At that time, Fani-Kayode, must have known the noose was tightening. Before his arrest, he had published a long detailed explanation on how much funds he received as the director of media of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Group, and how it was disbursed.

In the article, he claimed he asked where the money was from and was told it was from money raised by supporters of Jonathan.

Fani-Kayode, would have been shocked if the EFCC had not invited him for an interview, and ‎it will be fair to assume he is prepared for his defence. He is a vocal critic of the Buhari administration and he has always pointed accusing finger at the ruling party, for selective investigation and witch-hunting.

He joins a list of politicians, whose activities catches the fancy of the EFCC.

Fani-Kayode, is innocent until proven guilty, but the road to proving his innocence is a long rough one, and the journey has just begun. A journey of no return.

Recall, that the EFCC had obtained a remand warrant in Abuja to keep him for two weeks, which has since elapsed.

To justify his continual detention, the EFCC allegedly smuggled him to Lagos, were a three weeks remand was controversially obtained from a Magistrate Court, to keep him in locks and chains.

Although, the latest action by the EFCC has confirmed the rumours making rounds, that the Federal Government wants to give the former Minister of Aviation, the Dasuki/Nnamdi Kanu treatment.

A treatment alien to the laws, but is fast becoming the norm, under the current administration.

The question being asked is this; with this naked abuse of the Nigerian constitution, who is next, and for how long will this continue? For Fani-Kayode, the hour has finally come and the journey has started. The journey of no return.