Fayose Wants N20bn from EFCC for Placing Him on Criminal Watchlist Despite Immunity

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has demanded N20bn for damages from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to court for placing him on a watchlist and directing that he should be arrested if he attempted to travel out of the country.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement on Tuesday, that Governor filed the suit, number FHC/ABJ/CS/1087/2018 in Abuja on Friday, when the anti-graft commission refused to retract the order placing Fayose on watchlist.
Fayose’s counsel, Obafemi Adewale, in a letter dated September 3, 2018, said the Governor had earlier given the EFCC 72 hours to withdraw the directive to security agencies to place him on security watchlist and publish a written apology to all security agencies in Nigeria, three national newspapers and the social media or face court action.
He said the order was a violation of his rights since he is still a Governor with immunity.
According to Fayose, the EFCC’s action not only breached his constitutional immunity, it also exposed him to public opium and ridicule. He said the instruction that he should be arrested was “anathema” to the laws of the land.
The statement said the court action became necessary due to the “flagrant, deliberate, pre-meditated and reckless libel and unprovoked attack on his character and reputation and the breach of his constitutional right/immunity as an incumbent Governor.”
The Governor is also seeking a declaration that the statements contained in the EFCC letter dated September 12, 2018, and addressed to all security agencies in Nigeria portraying him as a criminal, a fugitive and a run-away from the law are not true, are malicious and are not fair statements.
He wants the court to further declare; “that the EFCC letter placing him on watch-list and directing his arrest on sight even while a sitting Governor is unconstitutional as same offends the clear provision of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which clothed him with immunity against arrest and prosecution as an incumbent Governor.
“That the tweet by the Defendant (EFCC) through its official twitter handle, which was widely circulated through social media and published on Punch Newspaper (online) of 16th July, 2018, with the particulars wordings pleaded in the Statement of Claim filed along with this Writ is not true, is malicious, is not a fair statement and presents the Plaintiff as a fraudster thereby ridiculing him and reducing him in the eyes of reasonable and right thinking members of the society.”
The EFCC is also seeking to investigate Fayose’s link to the funding of the 2014 governorship election, which allegedly benefited from funds from the office of the national security adviser under Goodluck Jonathan.
The commission also urged other security agencies to arrest the governor if he tried to leave the country.

Author: News Editor

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