•Bala Mohammed, Abati remain in custody
•Ex-Minister’s alleged slump in detention was PR stunt
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday served a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a notice of fresh trial over alleged N26million arms cash collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
The commission has also watch-listed Ms. Jamila Tangaza, a former Director of Abuja Geographical Information Service (AGIS), under a former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.
Jangaza, who is being investigated for alleged N800million questionable contracts, was said to have been sighted along a border by one of the security agencies.
The ex-FCT Minister Mohammed and a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati remained in custody undergoing interrogation as at last night.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that Fani-Kayode was served the fresh charges on the alleged N26million and a notice of trial which will start on November 10.
A top source in EFCC, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have notified Fani-Kayode of his arraignment on November 10 and the charges against him bordering on alleged allocation of N6million by ONSA under ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki.
“We are also investigating the former Minister for alleged N22million fraud. We may file separate charges on this ongoing probe later.”
The source added: “The alleged slump by Fani-Kayode in detention is a PR stunt to draw sympathy. There was nothing like that.”
On Mohammed and Abati, the EFCC source said: “The two former public officers underwent another round of grilling by EFCC team. As soon as we are done, we will grant them bail.
“And where it is necessary to charge them to court from detention, we will let the public know.”
Ms Tangaza had been quizzed alongside top directors of the Federal Capital Territory Administration including Ibrahim Bomoi (Treasury) and Babayo Mainasara (Land).
Although she was admitted to bail, the anti-graft agency accused her of jumping bail.
The top source in EFCC added: “As for Ms Tangaza, she has not complied with the terms of her bail. She has not been reporting to our office. So far, we have watch-listed her and this means she can be arrested by any of the security agencies.
“The report reaching us indicated that Ms. Jamila was sighted at one of the land borders by one of the agencies but we have not been briefed.
“We arrested and detained her because she was connected with the land scam and abuse of office. The Nation