A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N4.9bn, has lost the bid to have the case transferred from Lagos to Abuja.
The trial judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa, of the Federal High Court in Lagos in a ruling on Tuesday dismissed Fani-Kayode’s transfer application for lacking in merit.
Contrary to arguments by Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), that the cause of action leading to the case took place in Abuja, the judge observed that parts of the alleged illegal transactions by Fani-Kayode leading to the charge took place in Lagos.
Justice Aikawa noted, for instance, the allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that Fani-Kayode paid N30m cash to a printer, Olusegun Idowu, whose office is at Igbosere on Lagos Island.
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