A Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, has granted permission to former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to travel abroad for further medical treatment.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke granted him permission on Monday, following an application by Fayose’s counsel, Ola Olanipekun (SAN).
Fayose had, through his counsel, sought an order of the court granting him leave “to travel abroad for further medical examination, diagnosis, treatment and therapeutics, as the exigency of his health demands, on dates which shall not coincide with or obstruct any date of the trial in this case.”
He also sought an order that his international passport, which was deposited with the Registrar of the Court as part of the conditions for his bail, be released to him.
He would return it to the court upon his return from the trip, Aneke added.
The application was not opposed by the EFCC.
But in granting the application as contained in the Motion on Notice dated February 5, 2021, and moved by Sunday Olowolafe, the court insisted that Fayose must be in court on March 18 and 19, 2021, which are the next adjourned dates.
Fayose has been under investigation for allegedly receiving over N1.2bn from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
The money was allegedly handed over to Fayose during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He had turned himself to EFCC as he reported to the anti-graft agency headquarters in Abuja, 24 hours after exiting office on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
Apart from the alleged N1.2bn fraud, the ex-governor is also under probe for alleged N6.9 billion contract fraud. $5million was said to have been stolen from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) contrary to the Money Laundering Act.