Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Ekiti State Government has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) has promoted its vendetta against opponents of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Mohammadu
Buhari, especially the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to the level
that the anti-corruption agency was now carrying out investigations by
trial and error.

The government disclosed that “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 Special Assistant the State Governor on
Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the government
said it was only in Nigeria that anti-corruption agency will first
arrest suspect first before looking for evidences to prosecute the
suspect.

The statement read; “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 ten 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 the one next to it belonged to the general and not Governor
Fayose.

“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.”

While insisting that whatever properties owned by Governor Fayose were
acquired thorough legitimate means, the government said like every
other Nigerians, the governor reserved the rights to own properties
and can also receive money from people to fund his election.


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