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EFCC shuts Fayose’s houses

…alleges failure to obey court order

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday sealed off the houses of former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, located in Ibadan over what it described as his failure to obey court orders.

Spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated that “sequel to the failure of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to comply with a court order on the interim forfeiture of his assets earlier obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the anti-graft agency yesterday sealed off two houses belonging to the former governor in choice areas of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.”

The properties which are located at 1, Fagbohun Street, GRA Iyaganku and another near Court of Appeal, GRA Ibadan had to be sealed to give effect to the court order after it was discovered that the former governor had defied the subsisting court order and the houses criminally broken into and occupied.

The EFCC had on July 27, 2006, obtained a court order on the interim forfeiture of asset and properties belonging to Fayose after he was discovered to have engaged in fraudulent activities and money laundering when he held sway as governor of Ekiti State. He was subsequently arraigned by the commission on a 51-count charge in a Federal High Court, Lagos, for alleged money laundering, illegal diversion and misappropriation of N1.2 billion.

The presiding judge, Justice Tijani Abubakar, had ordered that an interim forfeiture be placed on the former governor’s property pending the determination of the case. EFCC subsequently executed the order of the court by placing the former governor’s property under seal. However, without vacating the court order, the former governor and his family returned to the properties in defiance of the subsisting order, hence the commission’s decision to re-seal the

….They are wasting their time, says Fayose

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—FORMER governor of Ekiti State, Chief Ayodele Fayose, boasted yesterday that if his harassment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was political, the commission was wasting its time, and vowed not to succumb to cheap blackmail.

Fayose said no amount of propaganda and intimidation from the EFCC would stop him from contesting the 2011 governorship election in the state , stressing that he was God’s project that no man could stop or undo.

He added: “I am not someone who is afraid of anybody, whether they like it or not. No amount of propaganda, no amount of intimidation can stop me.”

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, Fayose, who explained his ordeal on how a team of EFCC operatives invaded his Ibadan residence yesterday, stressed that his wife and children were harassed while he was away in Abuja.

The Ekiti State governorship aspirant on the platform of the Labour Party, however, condemned the action of the EFCC who, he said, were well over 20, adding that what took place was at the prompting of Ekiti State government. He also said there was no order of court mandating the anti-graft commission to invade his home or paste notices on his property, as carried out by the officers.

According to the former governor, it is not about selling his Ibadan property or any other property of his elsewhere but for the EFCC to take cognizance of the fact that the only thing binding the country together as one geo-political entity is the constitution. “All persons and institutions in Nigeria are subject to the Constitution,” he said.

Fayose, who noted that he had already submitted himself to the jurisdiction of the court and would not want to be distracted by his prosecutors outside the court until his case was settled and cleared, said the law presumed him innocent until pronounced guilty by the court.

“Only a convict whose appeal against his conviction has also failed can be barred from seeking public office,” said Fayose.


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