EFCC begins investigation of Fayose, wife

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Feyisetan and Ayo Fayose
Feyisetan and Ayo Fayose

The outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose and his wife Feyisetan are currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Cable reported.

According to the report, his aides; Toyin, the state’s commissioner of Finance, Oluyemisi Owolabi, the state’s accountant general and Fayose’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka are also being investigated.

Some letters dated July 20, 2018, and addressed to the managing director and the chief compliance officer of Access Bank Plc reveal that EFCC is also investigating the governor for abuse of office.

The EFCC listed four Access Bank accounts being run by “Ayodele Peter Fayose”, and about five accounts in the same bank, being run by “Feyisetan Helen O. Fayose”, believed to be the wife of the governor.

Sources also revealed that similar letters were also sent to other major banks in the country, where the governor and his loyalists run personal transactions.

Some of the letters referenced “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/254” and “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/258” requested that the banks’ compliance officers should report at the EFCC economic governance section on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 — 10 days after the just concluded Ekiti elections.

It was gathered that the details of accounts of the governor and his loyalists, including their; statements of accounts, bank verification, and any other relevant information were requested.

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This apparently showed that the anti-graft agency is having a U-turn over its recent comment of genaring up to probe Mr Fayose on Twitter which it had subsequently rebuked.

“The parri is over, the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken. #Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon,” read the tweet posted hours after Kayode Fayemi was declared winner of the governorship election.

The EFCC disowned the tweet, saying it does not represent the views of the agency.

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, said: “in the opinion of most commentators, the tweet betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti state”.

“Against the background, the commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organisation the commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election.

“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, not the EFCC.”

Olayinka, Fayose’s spokesperson, who is also being investigated, replied the EFCC, asking the agency to apologise for the “inglorious tweet”.

“Just read that @officialEFCC has disowned its inglorious tweet about @GovAyoFayoseand I wish to ask if EFCC has also disowned the twitter handle. Methinks EFCC must go beyond mere disowning the tweet and explain to Nigerians what informed it and tender unreserved apology,” Olayinka tweeted.