Boko Haram suspects protected me while in prison – Fani-Kayode


Meets Nnamdi Kanu in prison, praises him

He is a former Minister of Nigeria and a bitter critic of the buhari Government. He is presently facing corruption charges. Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation minister and a former spokesman for the defunct Goodluck Presidential campaign has revealed what transpired in Kuje prison after he was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on fresh corruption charges.

The former minister who was detained for 21 days until he was able to meet his his bail conditions was arrested in October 21. He published on his social media page, his encounter with the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the Boko haram suspects in Kuje prison.

The Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said he was protected by the dreaded Boko Haram suspects during his four-day detention at Kuje Prison.

He said this in an article titled, ‘Head bloodied but not bowed and the ascension of President-Elect Donald Trump’ on Wednesday.

The ex-minister said he spent over two weeks in the underground cell of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission without being interrogated.

He said he was then transferred to Kuje Prison where he was kept in a cell along with terrorists where he also met Nnamdi Kanu with whom he discussed with for three hours

According to Fani-Kayode “At Kuje I was kept in the terrorist wing of the prison which was built by the British government specifically for Boko Haram convicts and suspects. There were 47 of them in the facility and I was with them throughout. These were tough, disciplined, hardened, surprisingly well-educated and intimidating men.

“This was a frightful place and those that were locked up there were very dangerous and frightful people yet thankfully the Lord went ahead of me.

“The single cells, though small, were clean, well-ventilated, dry and very neat. The inmates were surprisingly very kind and friendly towards me and turned out to be my best friends and bodyguards whenever I toured the other parts of the prison.

“Most of those men were not Boko Haram killers but had been falsely accused, tortured and just dumped into prison and I felt nothing but pain and sorrow when I heard their stories.”

Fani-Kayode said during his time at the prison, he met with the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention for over a year.

He said they spoke for about three hours while they were protected by inmates during their meeting.

The ex-minister further said “When I went to visit the great and brilliant freedom fighter, Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of IPOB and easily the most courageous, powerful and credible Igbo leader in Nigeria today in his cell we had a very instructive and long discussion.

“I had never met Nnamdi before and I was amazed at his depth of knowledge, his immense courage and his deep convictions. There is no doubt in my mind that that man is going places and in him the Igbo have an Ojukwu and a Nnamdi Azikiwe all rolled into one. He is destined for greatness.

“My Boko Haram friends accompanied me to that meeting, drew a 10-man security cordon around me when we entered the general population of the prison and waited outside as Nnamdi and I spoke for almost three hours.”

There have been harsh criticism of the former minister on the social media following his story of his ordeals at the Kuje prison.


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