The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has finally detained the former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
“I can confirm to you that he has been detained. We entered the EFCC with him but we were asked to go later. But up till now, he is still with them and he has been rendered incommunicado,” his spokesman, Lere Olayinka told newsmen.
The anti-graft agency is questioning Fayose, over the ongoing probe of the alleged diversion N4.685 billion, by the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
The ex-governor is being grilled over the N1.3billion and $5.377 million, allegedly traced to him from the N4.6 billion slush funds.
Recall that the ex-governor, on Tuesday, arrived at the EFCC Office, in Wuse 2, Abuja, in a customised blue Tee-Shirt with the inscription, “EFCC I’m here”.
He was accompanied by his Lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.
As he was going into custody, Fayose told reporters that: “Nobody should be afraid of the EFCC, especially when you have nothing to hide. I have remained courageous for Nigerians, and I will always be with Nigerians.”
He was quoted as telling detectives that he needed to rest, having worked hard for four years.
He also reportedly told his interrogators: “I deny all the allegations, take me to court.”
Sources stated that Fayose would respond to issues raised by three teams of Investigators.
A source added: “He made a statement where he denied all the allegations, and asked the Commission to take him to court.
“So far, he has not responded to how he came about N1.3 billion and $5.377 million from ONSA. He has more issues to clarify; we are going to detain him.”
The source added: “There are three teams handling the allegations against the former Governor. There is a special team managing his suspended trial, because he had immunity as a Governor; a separate team for the N4.685 billion ONSA fraud, and the third panel probes his just completed tenure.
“Definitely, we are going to detain Fayose, because he has a lot of issues to clarify.”
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, merely disclosed that: “The ex-governor is undergoing interrogation.”
Speaking before Fayose entered the EFCC office, Governor Wike said: “You can see that our brother has come to see the EFCC. He wrote a letter to the EFCC that he will submit himself on the 16th of October. He is going in hale and hearty; I believe the EFCC should know.
“So, let Nigerians know that he came by himself to the EFCC, without anybody harassing him, so that is why I brought him here.”
Fani-Kayode said: “We came to stand with our friend. He is going in hale and hearty; we trust God he will come out this way.”
His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, speaking, stated that Nigerians are “not in the Hobbesian state, which was brutish.” Adding that: “This is a country governed by law, and not the rule of the thumb. There should be respect for the Constitution”, the SAN said.
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