Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode yesterday appeared before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for preliminary grilling on the N2.5billion illegally withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and paid into the accounts of six chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG).
Fani-Kayode got about N840million from the slush funds allegedly used for the 2015 presidential campaign.
He denied any wrongdoing, saying the cash went into the campaign and he accounted for it all.
There were indications last night that he might be subsequently transferred to the Lagos office of the anti-graft agency.
Spotting a blue dress, the ex-Minister of Aviation arrived at the EFCC office at about 9.30am in company of some aides. He was taken into custody for quizzing at the Operation Unit in the Tunde Idiagbon wing of the commission.
All smiles, Fani-Kayode strolled in confidently and interacted freely before being ushered in.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said Fani-Kayode gave information on his antecedents and how he came about the N840million.
“After the preliminary interaction with the suspect, he was given an administrative bail. But he is yet to fulfill the required conditions,” said the source.
Responding to a question, the source added: “I think Fani-Kayode might be transferred subsequently to Lagos to join his colleagues who have been interrogated by our team.
“He was granted an administrative bail but he has not been able to meet the conditions. We are hopeful that he will get the required sureties.”
The N2.5billion was shared as follows: Fani-Kayode (N840million); Goodluck Support Group (N320million); Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri (N350million); Nenadi Usman (N140million); Olu Falae (N100m) and Okey Ezenwa (N100million)
Fani-Kayode’s account remains frozen by the EFCC.