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EFCC may declare Fani-Kayode wanted

Unable to locate a former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who has failed to honour invitations extended to him, there are indications that the EFCC may declare him wanted.

The commission has meanwhile embarked on a manhunt for Fani-Kayode who is wanted to explain his role in the N4billion withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and shared among some party chieftains in the heat of the 2015 general election.

A source at the EFCC told Ripples Nigeria, that “All attempts by our operatives to locate the whereabouts of Mr. Fani-Kayode have failed because he has not only switched off his phones, he has virtually gone underground,”

He said confidently, that “We will fish him out wherever he is. Having been watch-listed by the EFCC, he cannot hide for long.”

The former minister is said to be “the chief beneficiary” of the disbursement of the slush funds as he allegedly received N840million, paid in three tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch account with No.1004735721.

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Fani-Kayode, has however described reports that he is in hiding from the EFCC as “absurd”, saying he never received any invitation from the commission either in form of a letter or by telephone.

Fani-Kayode in a statement on Thursday said, “I am not a coward and 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”, he said.

He continued, that “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,” he said.

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