Due to Femi Fani-Kayode’s refusal to show up for his trial, a Special Offenses Court in Ikeja, Lagos State, threatened to issue a bench warrant for his arrest on Wednesday.
According to NAN, Justice Olubumni Abike-Fadipe expressed displeasure at the defendant’s persistent absence from his trial.
Fani-Kayode is facing a 12-count accusation that includes using forged documents, using falsified evidence, getting documents signed under false pretenses, and fabricating evidence.
On the other hand, he entered a not guilty plea when he was charged on December 17, 2021.
Fani-Kayode had made her final appearance for the trial on November 4, 2022, the court remarked.
Abike-Fadipe highlighted the defendant’s justifications for not appearing in court.
As a result, she threatened to issue a bench warrant against him if he did not appear at the following postponed date.
The lack of thorough prosecution of the matter further infuriated the court.
She stated that if the case was not vigorously pursued, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which was prosecuting it, could withdraw it.
For the trial to continue, she put the case on hold until November 7.
The defendant is being sued by the EFCC for an alleged N4.9 billion fraud, and it was claimed that he had submitted counterfeit medical records to Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.
On February 20, the defendant’s attorney, Mr. Wale Balogun, told the court of his absence due to health concerns and problems he was having with the Department of State Services (DSS) and police.
He continued, “We regret to inform your lordship that the defendant is not in court due to health reasons and due to an ongoing dispute he has with both the DSS and the police.
In his request for a continuance, Balogun had pledged to have the defendant present on Wednesday for the hearing.
However, Mr. Chinozo Eze, who represented Balogun, stated “the defendant’s absence from court is due to health issues” when the matter was summoned today, Wednesday.