The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday officially invited a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to appear at its headquarters in Abuja for questioning.
The letter advised Mr. Fani-Kayode to arrive at the agency’s headquarters on May 9, by 10:00 a.m.
Mr. Fani-Kayode had said in a statement on Wednesday that he was no hiding from the agency, in response to a media report that he was on the run.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Jude Ndukwe, Mr. Fani-Kayode said he had informed his lawyers about the development, adding that he will honour the invitation and cooperate fully with the agency in the course of its investigation.
“The letter of invitation was delivered to his Abuja home and he has responded promptly through his lawyers by assuring the EFCC that he would make himself available on Monday morning to assist in their investigations,” Mr. Ndukwe said.
The EFCC’s letter, dated 6th May, 2016, was signed by Mohammed Abba on behalf the agency’s chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
“This commission is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering involving Joint Trust Dimension Ltd. in which you featured prominently,” the letter read. “In view of the above, you’re requested to kindly report for an interview with the undersigned.”
Just yesterday,Femi Fani-Kayode debunked media reports that he was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking through a signed statement, he said ‘ I have not been invited by the EFCC by letter and neither have they phoned me or attempted to reach me in any other way. I have been in my Abuja home for the last few weeks and I am not hiding from anyone.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who described the reports as “absurd”, added that “I am not a coward”, insisting that “this attempt to further demonise and humiliate me by the EFCC will fail.
“If they have any questions for me why don’t they just write to me or call me, give me a date and I will be in their office. I have made my position clear on the issue of the Presidential campaign funds, I have written an essay about it in my various columns about two weeks ago and I have been waiting for the EFCC to reach me ever since then. They have invited others but they have not invited me. I do not believe that I have done anything wrong and this latest attempt to criminalise me and make me look like a fugitive from justice will fail.
“Others that were invited to the EFCC over this same campaign funds issue were sent letters of invitation and were reached. I appear to be the exception and now these hideous lies are being fed to the newspapers to make it look as if I am in hiding or that I am running from them just to sensationalise the whole issue.
“This is also to justify what the EFCC wish to do which is to arrest me in public, humiliate me or to storm my home and lock me up indefinitely. There is no need for all that drama and if it happens that way the Nigerian people will know why. I have no fear of the EFCC, I will respond to their invitation any day and anytime they send it to me and I will help them to clarify whatever issues they wish to raise in any way that I can.
“Others were invited in a civilised way and were treated in a humane and decent manner. I really do wonder why I should be treated differently, criminalised in the newspapers in this way and not even afforded the common courtesy of a formal invitation by them. I await their letter or their call and I leave those that wish to give the impression that I am running from them to God”, he said in the statement.