EFCC drags Fayose to Lagos for trial

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has moved ex-governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose from its Abuja office to Lagos state where he will be tried at a Federal High Court on Monday October 22nd.

Fayose visited the anti-graft agency’s office on Tuesday, October 16th, to answer questions regarding his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement funds. He is alleged to have received N1.3 billion from the office of the former National Security officer, Sambo Dasuki, through Musiliu Obanikoro for the rigging of the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state.

The Nation reports that EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the filing of charges against Fayose, said

“Fayose has been served with charges alongside his company, Spotless.”

Reacting to the development, the spokesperson of the former governor, Lere Olayinka, said Fayose is waiting to be charged to court, whenever the EFCC is ready. He claimed that the EFCC does not have evidence to prosecute the ex-governor.

“With the deafening noise that they made about the evidence of corruption in their possession and even going by the EFCC ignoble tweet of July 15, 2018, in which the commission expressed its readiness to prosecute the former governor immediately he no longer enjoyed immunity, Nigerians had expected that by now, he will be facing trial in court.

“However, because the EFCC does not have any evidence against Fayose, the commission has opted to keep him in detention so as to satisfy its paymasters whose major agenda is ‘Fayose must be kept out of circulation by whatever means.’

“If not that they are just interested in keeping him out of circulation, why is the anti-graft commission not in court to prosecute him with the ‘overwhelming evidence’ it claimed to have?” he said

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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