Thursday, 18 October 2018

EFCC orders detention of former EKiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has empowered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to keep former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, in detention for two weeks.
The former governor gave himself up to the anti-graft agency on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, facing allegations of receiving N1.3 billion from the office of former National Security Adviser,
Sambo Dasuki, in the run up to the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
Fayose made a show of turning himself in on Tuesday as he wore a shirt with "EFCC, I'm here" inscribed on it, and also carried two packed bags as he earlier said he was prepared to be detained.
"We have obtained a court order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks pending investigation. He could be released earlier or later than two weeks depending on the outcome of investigation," the EFCC source said.
However, Fayose's lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the anti-graft agency will be sued for breach of fundamental human rights if Fayose is not released on Thursday, October 18.
He said the former governor is not a flight risk and should not be indiscriminately detained for questioning especially since he willingly surrendered.
He said, "His lawyers will consider approaching the court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights if he is not released on Thursday. Section 35 and 36 of the constitution are clear on this.
"He is not a flight risk. He willingly submitted himself to the EFCC even earlier than the time he was supposed to come. What the EFCC is doing is nothing but media trial.
"From the way they have been chasing Fayose in the last three years, one would have expected that the EFCC would have completed its investigations and would arrest him immediately his tenure expires and charge him the next day but that is not the case.
"They want him to write a statement by force and then use the statement against him instead of using their own evidence."

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