The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was attacked in detention by an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who served as director of media and publicity during the campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is facing a 17-count charge bordering on unlawful retention, use, and payment of money in the tune of about N4.9 billion.
The PDP chieftain was arraigned alongside a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman; Danuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd. by the EFCC over a week ago before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The ex-minister, who is in the custody of the EFCC, was reportedly attacked on Saturday by an operative of the anti-graft agency whose name was given as Kabiru Suleiman.
It was learnt that Fani-Kayode was allegedly attacked alongside several other detainees by the said EFCC operative for engaging in prayers.
“Matters came to a head on Saturday when, without any provocation, Suleiman Kabiru, a Muslim from Kebbi state charged at Fani-Kayode injuring him in the process”, a source said.
The source disclosed that other officials of the EFCC had to wade in to prevent Suleiman from inflicting further harm on Mr. Fani-Kayode, who is a high-profile detainee.
As at the time of publishing this report, the EFCC is yet to react to the alleged physical assault on Mr. Fani-Kayode and other detainees by its operative but the PDP’s Director of New Media, Deji Adeyanju, confirmed the development.
“Yes I have verified, Egbon @realFFK was attacked today by 1 idiot who thinks Buhari will rule forever. He’s (sic) name is Sulaiman from Kebbi State”, he said via his twitter handle @adeyanjudeji.