Fani-Kayode: Drama as court declares EFCC’s witness hostile
There was drama at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday as Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia declared an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) witness hostile.
The witness, Ojo Agbor, was testifying in the trial of a former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, for alleged money laundering when the prosecutor, Mr. Festus Keyamo, applied to the court to declare him a hostile witness.
Keyamo said Agbor’s testimony was totally different from what is in his statement to the EFCC.
The lawyer also alleged that the defence had “coached” the witness on what to say in court.
“He has been coached. That is why he has been running away despite different invitations to testify. We had to write his director to produce him this morning,” Keyamo said.
After the judge declare Agbor a hostile witness, Keyamo accused him of deliberately lying to the court.
He also alleged that the witness and Fani-Kayode had communicated through phone prior to Wednesday’s proceedings.
“Your phone record will show that you have called the accused person or the accused person has called you,” Keyamo said. The witness replied: “He has not called me.”
Keyamo said: “I want to put it to you that you’re here today to tell deliberate lies,” to which Agbor said “No.”
He also alleged that Fani-Kayode was giving the witness signals on what to say during proceedings.
When Fani-Kayode turned to gaze at Keyamo in a look of denial, Keyamo said: “The accused person is looking menacingly at me,” adding jovially: “The way he’s looking at me is like we’re dragging one girlfriend.”
The witness said the statement he made to the EFCC was not voluntary.
According to him, the commission’s officials asked him to lie otherwise he would be charged along with Fani-Kayode.