Former Aviation Min\u00adister, Chief Femi Fani-Kay\u00adode, has asked the Federal High Court, Lagos, to ad\u00admit him to bail 24 hours after he was arraigned on a 17-count charged by the Economic and Finan\u00adcial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He also alleged that he is being pressured by EFCC to refund N84o million without trial.\r\n\r\nIn the motion for bail filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), Fani-Kayode told the court that he would be ready and willing to provide a responsible surety(ies) as may be re\u00adquired by the court as a condition(s) for the grant of his application.\r\n\r\nHe argued that under the Administration of Crimi\u00adnal Justice Act (ACJA), bail is more relaxed as all offences are bailable \u201cand in the class of offences charged, it is the prosecu\u00adtion that has a burden to show why bail should be refused. More so, under the Act, all offences can be compounded by plea bargain. So, it is not about imprisonment any longer.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe further argued that one of the co-accused in the charge, a former Min\u00adister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, who alleg\u00adedly received the money from government and paid Fani-Kayode, wrote that she did not know the money was from govern\u00adment. So, how would Fani- Kayode know?\r\n\r\nEFCC slammed Fani- Kayode and Usman with a 17-count charge for fraud and money laundering.\r\n\r\nFani-Kayode was arrest\u00aded for allegedly receiving N840 million during the presidential campaign of former president Good\u00adluck Jonathan.\r\n\r\nIn the motion dated June 15, 2016, Raji argued that the offences, for which his client is charged, are bail\u00adable.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Defendant\/Appli\u00adcant has never been con\u00advicted of any offence in Nigeria or any other juris\u00addiction.\r\n\r\nBy Section 36 (5) of the Constitution of the Fed\u00aderal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Defendant\/Applicant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe reputation and past credible record of the Defendant\/Applicant at\u00adtest to the fact that he will not jump bail if he is grant\u00aded same. The Defendant\/ Applicant will not inter\u00adfere with the investigation or further investigation of the charges preferred against him.