Ekiti State Government has described the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC ) decision to appeal the Abuja Federal High Court
judgment, granting Governor Ayodele Fayose’s ally, Mr Abiodun Agbele
bail and awarding N5 million damages in his favour as clear
demonstration of the anti-corruption agency’s wickedness and show of
vendetta against the governor.
The government said it was curious that for the first time, EFCC was
appealing against a judgment that merely enforced the fundamental
rights of Mr Agbele by granting him bail in accordance with the laws
of the country.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka said; “It is now obvious that all that the EFCC
desired is to incarcerate Mr Agbele indefinitely just because he is
linked with Governor Fayose, who the EFCC and its APC collaborators
desired to silence at all cost.”
The government said; “We are not surprised by this ignoble action of
the EFCC because we know that Governor Fayose is their target. That
was the same way they placed the governor on travel ban and invaded
the State House of Assembly with men of the Department of State
Service (DSS) to force the governor’s removal.
“Justice Olukayode Adeniyi clearly frowned at the EFCC arbitrary abuse
of power and unlawful detention of Mr Agbele without arraigning him in
court of competent jurisdiction in line with the constitution and we
wonder what the EFCC will be appealing and filing stay of execution
“We wonder the sense in keeping an accused in EFCC custody
indefinitely while the anti-corruption agency goes about looking for
evidences to prosecute him.
“If the EFCC is sure of the evidences that it claimed to have, what is
the need for keeping Mr Agbele in detention? Why not take him to
court? And what interest is the EFCC serving by standing against a
court ruling that granted conditional bail to an accused person?”