Femi Fani-Kayode, an ex- aviation Minister and director of media and publicity of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election campaign, was on Friday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He was arrested as he emerged from a corruption trial at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was in court for the trial of the alleged diversion and misappropriation of N4.9 billion campaign fund when he was picked up by the anti-graft commission. Others charged alongside the outspoken former minister were ex-finance minister, Nenadi Usman, one Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.
All the accused pleaded not guilty and had been granted bail.
The 17-count suit was adjourned to November 14 after the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented the witness evidence for the day.
But as soon as Mr. Fani-Kayode stepped out of the court room, he was accosted and subsequently arrested by two operatives of the EFCC. He was whisked away in a white Toyota Hiace bus.
Earlier,, at the hearing of the alleged 4.9 billion fraud suit Friday, the EFCC presented its first witness, Idowu Olusegun, a media consultant with Paste Poster Company Limited. Mr. Olusegun told the court that he received N30 million in cash from the Mr Fani-Kayode. He said he had signed a N24 million media consultancy contract with the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organization.
He said he further negotiated with the organisation to print size A2 flyers for N50 each and N20 each to print A4 flyers. He said after he completed the printing job, he was invited to the office of the organisation in Abuja and given N30 million in cash.
He told the court that he asked why he was being paid in cash, but was told by one Mr. Oke, his contact person in the organisation, that cash was the approved means of payment.
Mr. Olusegun also told the court that apart from the N30 million paid to him, there is also an outstanding payment of N24 million which was not paid to his company.
Similarly, Justice Sule Hassan, ordered that the mobile phone of Mr. Fani-Kayode be seized after the accused phone rang out.
The judge said the court is not a market place, there must be order and sanity.