Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state revealed how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) committed a blunder while investigating him. The governor is having a face-off with the EFCC which is investigating him over an alleged financial crime. He said the anti-graft agency mistakenly went to seal a guest house in Abuja thinking the building belonged to him Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of now using ‘trial and error’ tactics in its quest to muzzle all oppositions to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Fayose insists he is being persecuted by the EFCC Fayose, who spoke on Tuesday, 12 July, 2016, believes his investigation by the EFCC is mere vendetta. According to Fayose’s government, “officials of the EFCC stormed a popular guest house on Gana street, Maitama, Abuja today to seal off the property believing that Governor Fayose owned the guest house only for the EFCC officials to be confronted with the fact that operator of the guest house leased the property from its owner for ten years.”
In a statement signed by the Fayose’s special assistant on public communications and new media, Lere Olayinka, the government said it was only in Nigeria that an anti-corruption agency will first arrest suspect first before looking for evidences to prosecute the suspect. “Today, the EFCC demonstrated that it has been lying against Governor Fayose and other Nigerians all along by the failed attempt it made to seal off a property located on Gana street, Maitama, Abuja that is being used as guest house just because the governor used to lodge there. “It was at the point of sealing off the property that the owner of the guest house told the EFCC officials that he only leased the property for 10 years from its owner, a former chief of defence staff, who was also a one-time minister of Defence. “The EFCC operatives moved to the next building to the guest house, which is the residence of the retired army general and they were told by the general’s wife that the building being used as guest house as well as the one next to it belonged to the general and not Governor Fayose.
Ekiti govt “It is shocking that in its desperate bid to nail Governor Fayose so as to satisfy their paymasters, EFCC is going about claiming that properties owned by other law abiding Nigerians are owned by the governor and the result of this investigation by trial and error by the EFCC is the embarrassment it faced at Gana street, Maitama, Abuja when its operatives went there to seal off a property belonging to a retired army general thinking that it belonged to the governor. “That was the same way they told Nigerians that they discovered mansion in Asokoro, Abuja owned by the governor. “Unknown to the EFCC, the mansion being referred to is a property rented by the Ekiti state government and being used as governor’s lodge,” he said.
The statement insisted that whatever properties owned by Governor Fayose were acquired thorough legitimate means and like every other Nigerians, the governor reserved the right to own properties and can also receive money from people to fund his election. The EFCC had allegedly traced three mansions to a close associate of the embattled governor. One of the houses, according to the EFCC, is located in Abuja while the other two are in Lagos and are believed to have been bought with part of the N1.219 billion allegedly received by Fayose during the 2014 governorship election in his state.
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