Femi Fani-Kayode, a Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, has failed in his bid to have his corruption suit transferred to the Federal High Court in Abuja. Fani-Kayode, through his counsel, Norrison Quakers, senior advocate, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.
Ruling on Tuesday, Justice Rilwan Aikwa said his court could hear the case in Lagos. He said if the chief judge of the Federal High Court, who assigned the case to him felt otherwise he wouldn’t have had him handle it.
Moreover, Justice Aikwa said the transactions for which Fani-Kayode is being held took place in Lagos.
The corruption case was originally assigned to Justice Muslim Hassan, who Fani-Kayode accused of bias. The former aviation minister at the time requested Justice Hassan hand off the case, to which the judge acquiesced to in March 2017.