The Kubwa General Hospital on Wednesday told the Lagos
State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, that a former Minister
of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, was never a patient at the
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had
arraigned the former minister before Justice Olubunmi
Abike-Fadipe on 12 counts of forgery.
The EFCC accused Fani-Kayode of forging medical
reports to mislead the court and procuring documents
under false pretences, contrary to Section 369 of the
Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 .
At the resumed proceedings on Wednesday, the Head of
Medical Records at the hospital, Bassey Amah, while
being led in evidence by the counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi
Oyedepo, noted that Fani-Kayode did not have any record
with the hospital.
He said, “On October 3rd, 2021, the Kubwa General
Hospital received a letter from the EFCC to investigate the
authenticity of a medical report on Mr Femi Fani-Kayode
and the investigation by the hospital revealed that Mr Fani-
Kayode does not have a record with the facility. The
document is not authentic.”
Amah, who further told the court that the hospital never
issued any medical report to the defendant, said, “ As I
said earlier, Mr Fani-Kayode is not our patient and has no
medical report in our hospital. The name is not even
found there .
“The doctor that signed the medical report is not our
doctor. The number is not our hospital unit number.”
Earlier, Fani-Kayode’s counsel, Norrison Quakers (SAN),
objected to the tendering of the letter of request by the
EFCC to the hospital, dated October 3, 2021, and the
response of the hospital, dated October 13, 2021.
Quakers objected on the grounds that the head of medical
records was not the maker of the document.
He said, “The witness introduced himself as Bassey Amah;
he is not the maker. He can’t even give evidence on the
However, the EFCC counsel, while responding, said, “The
document tendered is a public document. It emanated
from the Kubwa General Hospital and the witness in the
box has given evidence on oath. He has told how they
received the document, how it was investigated and how
the letter was prepared.”
Ruling on the admissibility of the documents, Justice
Abike-Fadipe held that the hospital itself could not testify
before the court.
She said, “I am not going to reject it because his name is
not on it. If the maker is therefore not called at the end of
the trial, I can then determine the weight to attach to the
letter. I agree with you that he is not the maker; I agree
“The letter was issued by the medical director. The
hospital itself cannot come to give evidence and can only
do so via one of the human personnel. I am satisfied that
the witness in the box is competent to testify.”
Justice Abike-Fadipe adjourned the matter till February 25,