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Man says he saw Femi Fani-Kayode’s dad in London prison

A Nigerian lawyer, Kehinde took to Twitter to make an uncommon claim of seeing Femi Fani-Kayode’s dad, Chief Remilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode, in a London prison.

According to the Nigerian lawyer, though Wikipedia says Femi Fani-Kayode’s dad is dead however he saw an old 91-year-old man serving his time when he visited Belmarsh prison in London. His tweets reads;

Please Nigerians Who’s Remi Fani-Kayode? Is He Femi Fani Kayode’s Father? If He Is Then I’m Confused As I Visited The Belmarsh Prison In London & Saw This Old 91 Yr Old Man Remi Serving His Time Yet Wikipedia Says He’s Dead Did He Fake His Death Or What?

Chief Remilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode, Q.C., S.A.N, C.O.N (1921-1995) was a leading Nigerian nationalist, elder-statesman, lawyer and politician. He was elected Deputy Premier of the Western region of Nigeria in 1963 and he played a major role in Nigeria’s legal history and politics from the late 1940’s right up until 1995. He hails from a prominent and well educated Yoruba family who are of Ife stock from South-Western Nigeria.

His grandfather Rev. Emmanuel Adedapo Kayode was an Anglican Priest who had got his Master of Arts (Durham) degree from Fourah Bay College which at that time was part of Durham University and his father Victor Adedapo Kayode studied law at Cambridge University and went on to become a prominent lawyer and then a judge in Nigeria. His mother was Mrs. Aurora Kayode (nee Fanimokun) who was the daughter of the respected Rev. Joseph Fanimokun who had also been an Anglican priest, and had also got his Master of Arts (Durham) degree from Fourah Bay College and later became the Principal of the famous CMS Grammer School in Lagos from 1896 to 1914.

Remilekun Fani-Kayode played a major role in the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence. In 1952 he, together with Rotimi Williams, Bode Thomas and a number of others were all detained by the British colonial authorities for the very active and passionate role that they played in the struggle against the British. He was elected the leader of the Action Group youth wing in 1954.

He set up a formidable, militant and combative youth wing for the party who wore “black shirts” and used the “mosquito” as their emblem in order to reflect their disdain for British colonial rule. Again in 1954, he was elected into the Federal House of Assembly on the platform of Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group and he continued his fight for Nigeria’s Independence from there. He however died in 1995.

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