The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, was on Friday released after more than two months in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, his media adviser said.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was released Friday evening, and was likely to travel from Lagos where he was held, to Abuja later tonight.
Mr. Fani-Kayode had been in detention since his arrest on May 9, 2016, in Abuja.
He was later transferred to Lagos where the EFCC slammed a 17-count charge on him, accusing the former minister of misappropriating government money.
After weeks in detention, Mr. Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4, but he was still kept in custody pending his meeting the requirements for his bail.
A former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and a man, Danjuma Yusuf, who were charged alongside Mr. Fani-Kayode, were also given similar bail conditions.
It was not immediately clear whether the two had met their bail conditions.
Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode last Monday said he had fulfilled all statutory requirements for his bail and was awaiting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to free him from detention.
Mr. Fani-Kayode is facing a 17-count charge for his alleged roles in the alleged misappropriation of up to N4.9 billion in public funds at the Federal High Court, Lagos.
After weeks of being remanded in custody, Mr. Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4, but he was still kept in custody pending the satisfaction of requirements for his bail.
A former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf, who were charged alongside Mr. Fani-Kayode, were also accorded similar bail conditions by the presiding judge, Muslim Hassan. It is not immediately clear if the two had met their bail demands, too.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was reported to have remained undaunted by his detention, but was said to have missed his family, especially his five-month old son.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who had been in detention since he was first arrested on May 9, 2016, in Abuja, spoke through his media adviser, Jude Ndukwe.
“Despite the fact that he has been locked up for the last 62 days, he remains confident, strong, healthy and in very high spirits,” Mr. Ndukwe said. “He misses his family very badly, especially his five-month old son, Aragon, and he looks forward to coming home to be with his family, friends and loved ones.”