Former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Femi Fani-Kayode, has come out to say that he is not hiding from men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Fani-Kayode who served as the the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, said he never received any invitation from the commission either in form of a letter or by telephone.
Fani-Kayode said this in a released statement on Thursday morning.
“I have just read some absurd media reports in which have quoted their sources in the EFCC as saying that I had gone underground and that I was hiding from them. This is false. I have not been invited by the EFCC by letter and neither have they phoned me or attempted to reach me in any other way. I have been in my Abuja home for the last few weeks and I am not hiding from anyone,” he 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.”
“Others that were invited to the EFCC over this same campaign funds issue were sent letters of invitation and were reached. I appear to be the exception and now these hideous lies are being fed to the newspapers to make it look as if I am in hiding or that I am running from them just to sensationalise the whole issue.
“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.
“Others were invited in a civilised way and were treated in a humane and decent manner. I really do wonder why I should be treated differently, criminalised in the newspapers in this way and not even afforded the common courtesy of a formal invitation by them. I await their letter or their call and I leave those that wish to give the impression that I am running from them to God.”
Politicians, top bank executives and government agents are currently being arrested by operatives of the EFCC in connection with funds fraudulently distributed during the last presidential election running into billions of naira.
Prominent among them is Senator Esther Nenadi Usman, who was arrested in April for allegedly receiving N2.5 billion of the N4 billion taken out of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on the orders of the ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, ahead of the 2015 election.
You may recall that Usman was the Director of Finance of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign.
Senator Usman confessed that former NSA Col. Sambo Dasuki gave her billions of Naira,from which she paid several party officials.
One of the beneficiaries was Femi Fani-Kayode, who allegedly received N840m in his private account at Zenith Bank.