Kubwa General Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has denied the report that a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode was a patient in the facility.
This put to rest the argument whether or not FemiFani Kayode obtained a fake or forged medical report to get bail during his trial.
This is part of the proceeding when the trial resumed at an Ikeja high Court.
At the proceeding, Mr. Bassey Amah, who is the head of medical records at the Kubwa General Hospital, gave evidence before Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja that Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode was at no time a patient of the hospital.
While being led in evidence by lawyer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, the first prosecution witness said: “Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode does not have a record with Kubwa General Hospital.
“On October 3rd, 2021, Kubwa General Hospital received a letter from the EFCC to investigate the authenticity of a medical report on Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.”
He explained that the investigation by the hospitaI revealed that the defendant does not have a record with the facility.
He insisted that the medical report purportedly emanating from the hospital is fake.
“The document is not authentic,” he said.
As Mr. Oyedepo sought to tender the letter of request by EFCC dated 3rd October 2021 and the letter of response from Kubwa General Hospital dated 13th October, 2021, counsel representing the defendant, Mr. Norrison Quakers (SAN), objected to the admissibility of the documents as evidence.
Mr. Quakers objected on the premise that the witness in the box was not a maker of the document.
“The witness introduced himself as Bassey Amah, he is not the maker, he can’t even give evidence on the document,” he argued.
Oyedepo, in countering him said: “The document tendered is a public document. It emanated from 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.”
The EFCC lawyer argued that by virtue of the role the witness played in making the document, it should be admissible.
On the contrary, Quaker opined that there was nothing on the face of the document linking the witness to the document.
Following arguments to discountenance the document, the judge ruled in favour of the EFCC submission.
She said in part: “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.”
Oyedepo leading the witness on, asked: “Do you know Abdulrazak Jimoh?
He replied: “He is a staff of Kubwa General Hospital.
Oyedepo: Has your facility issued any other medical report in relation to this defendant?
He answered ”No.”
Again, counsel to the defendant objected on the line of EFCC’s questioning.
The witness continued: “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 witness also said the doctor that signed the medical report is not “our doctor.”
“The number is not our hospital unit number,” he added..