Date with EFCC: Fayose says he’s not ruffled
The outgoing governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose says he is ready to defend all his actions while in office.
He spoke with newsmen at the Akure airport on his way to Abuja to keep a date with the EFCC.
The outgoing governor said his trip is to honour his earlier promise that he will report at the anti-graft commission’s headquarters immediately after his tenure.
Earlier, on the 15th of July, this year shortly after the result of the Ekiti Governorship Election was declared, a message appeared on the twitter handle of the EFCC announcing that it would resurrect a poultry scandal involving Mr Peter Ayo Fayose but the tweet was later deleted.
But not before Mr Fayose’s strategic spokesperson, Lere Olayinka responded to it, calling it irresponsible and reminding the EFCC that Mr Fayose was still a sitting governor who enjoyed immunity and that only the court could resurrect the trial after his tenure.
As if in agreement with Mr Olayinka, the EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwajuren quickly played down on the tweet saying while it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against Governor Fayose the fate of the charge will be determined by the federal High Court Ado Ekiti at the expiration of his tenure.
Mr Uwajuren also said the purported tweet did not represent the views of the EFCC.
Then two months later, precisely on the 12th of September the EFCC put Mr Fayose on its atch list to prevent him from leaving Nigeria.
This time there was an official communication because the acting chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu actually wrote the Nigeria Customs Service saying that Mr Fayose was under investigation in connection with several offences and there is reasonable suspicion that he may likely leave the country either through the land border, airport or seaports in order to evade investigation.
Consequently, on 14th September the Customs Service directed all its operatives to immediately report if Fayose is seen trying to leave the country by air, land or sea.
Shortly after, the governor in a tweet responded saying quote, putting my name on the watch list after notification of my coming is not only political but petty. EFCC should expect me on the 16th October, 2018 but the efcc wants him to come on October 20 not 16
The EFCC had frozen Mr Fayose’s account in 2017 averring that part of the 2.1billion dollars arms deal money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki was paid into Mr Fayose’s account.
The account was later unfrozen by a Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti but his associate, Abiodun Agbele is being prosecuted for allegedly assisting the governor to launder the funds and purchasing property.
In all there are 3 known issues for which the EFCC wants to talk to Mr Fayose.
- The 1.3 billion naira Ekiti integrated poultry project which happened during his first term.
- Money laundering linked to the 2.1 billion dollars Dasuki gate.
- Some cases of abuse of office during his 2nd