Carpenter arrested for accusing Fani-Kayode of rights abuse

A carpenter, Azubuike Osakwe who once worked with a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has been arrested by the police in Abuja.

It was gathered that Osakwe, who had in February accused Fani-Kayode of arresting him at different times in 2019 and refusing to pay for his labour, was picked up by the police on Sunday shortly after returning from church.

According to The PUNCH, he was whisked away by policemen and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department and forced to make statements before being given a stringent bail condition.

Recall that Osakwe along with seven others in February accused the former minister of assault, arbitrary arrest and sexual harassment during an interview with The PUNCH.

Osakwe had told The PUNCH, “Chief Fani-Kayode asked me to come to make repairs sometimes in 2019 at his house. I spent N15,000 to repair the expeller. I also spent N42,000 to repair a toilet seat. I was not given the money in return neither was my labour paid for.

“Anytime I ask Chief Fani-Kayode for my money, he threatens me. I endured all these because his wife, Precious, was the one who brought me. Chief Fani-Kayode locked up an apprentice who had come to fix tinted glass at the balcony of his house.

“I was locked up for four days due to a misunderstanding over that glass. I spent N75,000 in addition to my labour of N60,000 which has not been given to me. About N250,000 is what he owes me.”

CSP James Idachaba, who is also Head of the legal department and officer in charge of the case said the investigation of Fani-Kayode’s ex-workers was sequel to an order by the CP.

He had said the staff were not being compelled to change their statements but were only being investigated for criminal defamation.

When PUNCH contacted the Spokesperson for the FCT command, Mariam Yusuf on Tuesday, she said “I have no comment if CSP Idachaba has already spoken on the matter.”


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