Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, May 12, raided the Abuja residence of former director of publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode.
The EFCC had stormed Fani-Kayode’s last Friday following an invitation asking him to report to the agency’s headquarters on Monday, May 9, for questioning over alleged “criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering”.
He honoured the anti-graft agency’s invitation, but was detained.
According to Fani-Kayode’s media aide, Jude Ndukwe, the Thursday raid on his boss’ residence was the fourth in the last one week.
“Earlier today, the EFCC invaded the residence of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode even when he was still in their custody,” he said in a statement.
“What miffed us most was their mode of operation which was forceful, provocative and dangerous as they wielded their guns with needless threats.
“The worst is that the invasion was without a warrant as they forced their way in, and after terrifying all the staff at home including the infant, they whisked the laundry man away even though he was later released.
“This is the fourth time the EFCC operatives would be invading Chief Fani-Kayode’s residence in just one week. We condemn this act of executive lawlessness, harassment and intimidation. Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has served this country even at the highest levels and he deserves some courtesy.
“We call on the EFCC to endeavour to carry out their functions within the ambit of our laws and stop brazenly betraying the fact that Chief Fani-Kayode is under persecution. The world is watching!” Ndukwe said.
The Commission had obtained a warrant that lawfully allows it to keep Fani-Kayode in custody while he is being investigated.
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