EFCC Spoils Fayose’s Day, Arrests State Finance Commissioner, Account General

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Thursday that it has arrested Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and the Account General, Mrs O.O Owolabi. Toyin Ojo
This came a day Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose, unveiled his plans to contest 2019 presidential election.
The anti-graft body said they were arrested during Fayose’s presidential unveiling ceremony at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.
In a statement by spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC said the two officials are in its custody.
“They were picked up today following their refusal to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to pending investigation on the misuse of bail out funds by the Ayodele Fayose administration”, Uwujaren stated.
In July, Ekiti state acknowledged receiving N4.7bn as Paris Club refund, according to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
The pay advice form showed that N4, 772,836,647.08 was the amount credited to the state account by the Federal Government.
The state also earlier got N8.8bn, out of which the Local Councils got N3.4bn. Since the money, got into government coffers, there had been allegations that it was diverted and not used to pay outstanding salaries and pensions.
However, responding to the arrest, Ekiti State government described the it as an irresponsible action.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Olayinka, said that it was obvious that the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari were afraid of the governor’s declaration for the 2019 presidential election.
“The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack-dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but Ekiti State government under Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot be intimidated.”
Olayinka said the arrest was carried out with the view to embark on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.
“It is funny that the EFCC, in the bid to carry out its usual hatchet job against Governor Fayose, failed to take into cognisance the subsisting court order, which forbids any official of the Ekiti State government from being arrested by the EFCC. Up till today, the court order has not been appealed and it subsists.”
The government challenged the EFCC to tell Nigerians what has been done to loads of petitions written against the immediate past All Progressives Congress government of Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“What has the EFCC done to those involved in the grass-cutting scam and the $43m Ikoyi scam?”
“It is so funny and laughable that these characters in the APC government can’t even disappoint for once by being unpredictable.”

Author: News Editor

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