Emerging report on Friday, indicates that the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital, has granted bail to Femi Fani-Kayode, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the sum of N5 million, in his alleged Medical report forgery case.
Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe granted the bail, following an oral application made by the Counsel to Fani-Kayode, Wale Balogun.
The bail conditions included that the Defendant must fill an undertaking to attend all his trial dates, and to present a Surety in like sum, who must be resident in the court’s jurisdiction, and should also fill an undertaking that the Defendant would attend all hearings.
Before the court heard the bail application, Justice Abike-Fadipe first ruled on an application by the Defendant, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try him on the charge of forgery and procurement of a ‘fabricated’ medical report made against him by the Economic and Crimes Commission, EFCC.
It dismissed the objections of the Defence Counsel, and held that it has jurisdiction to try the case. This paved the way for Fani-Kayode to be arraigned on all 12 counts of alleged forgery of Medical reports, to which he pleaded not guilty.
Relying on Sections 374 and 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, as well as section 23 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State amended in October 2021, Justice Abike-Fadipe held that the purpose of these provisions of the Law was to ensure speedy dispensation of justice, and to reduce delay tactics often used by Defendants to stall criminal trials brought against them.
The Judge also noted that the arguments raised by the Defence Counsel, that the charges fell outside the scope of the EFCC prosecuting the matter, showed that it was challenging the validity of the charges which fell within the jurisdiction of the court.
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