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Sunday, 17 July 2016

My 67 days in custody, traumatic, depressing, Thank God am free Finally – Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode
Former Minister of Aviation and spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has described his experience in detention as traumatic and depressing.
Fani-Kayode, who was released on Friday night, told our correspondent on Saturday that though his freedom after 67 days in government’s custody would allow him to prepare his defence for allegations levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, it would be meaningless if other people in detention are not released.
“It was quite an ordeal. It was an ordeal. But I thank God that I am free and that I have been given an opportunity to defend myself in court when the case starts – I am looking forward to that. Outside of that, the truth is that as long as others who are also political prisoners and have been falsely accused are still in (security agencies’) custody our country, then I believe that my freedom is meaningless.
“So, until every single political prisoner or every single person falsely accused by the state, by the government and the EFCC has been released; has been given the opportunity to defend himself in court; and until that happens, I don’t think any of us is free. We still have people like Sambo Dasuki, Iyiola Omisore and many others in prison or EFCC’s custody,” he said.
The ex-minister also said his release would allow him to prepare for any eventuality, noting that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is intolerant of criticisms.

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