Police begin manhunt for Fani-Kayode’s ex-nanny, invite PUNCH reporter

Femi Fani-Kayode

Police in Abuja have launched a manhunt for Anthonia Uchenna, a nanny who accused her former boss Femi Fani-Kayode an ex-minister of aviation, of sexual harassment.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s former driver Jonathan Gaiya has been arrested while PUNCH reporter Eniola Akinkuotu, who interviewed Fani-Kayode’s ex-workers, has been invited by the police.

Others whom the police are looking for are Emmanuel Anakan (former dog handler), Osakwe Azubuike (former carpenter), Oko Emmanuel (former cook), Daniel Gona (former driver), and Agbolo Edah (former cook), who accused the ex-minister of assault.

About eight of the ex-minister’s former domestic staff recently visited The PUNCH office in Abuja where they levelled several allegations, which they also made in sworn affidavits, against Fani-Kayode.

PUNCH had forwarded all the affidavits to Fani-Kayode on March 9, 2021, in order to ensure balance. However, the former minister wrote a petition to the State Criminal Investigation Department, FCT command, accusing his former workers of defamation and perjury.

When contacted on the telephone, head of the FCT SCID legal department James Idachaba said it was only an investigation and those accused would be charged to court if the police established a prima facie case against them.

“I am a lawyer of over 20 years. I don’t investigate libel cases. The petition sent to the CP and forwarded to me is that of criminal defamation. That is what I am investigating including fabrication of false statement.

“We don’t do that (force people to recant statements) in our office. He (driver) was brought to my office and it was recorded. We are conducting investigation and if we see there is a prima facie case, we charge to court,” he said.

The newspaper said the police made Fani-Kayode’s ex-driver Gaiya withdraw his allegations.