July 6, 2017

Fayose condemns EFCC’s investigation of Gov Yari


Ayodele Fayose

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the incessant harassment of serving governors in the country, especially the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF and Governor  of Zamfara State, Abudulazeez Yari, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Fayose, who accused the Acting Chairman of EFCC Mr Ibrahim Magu, of blackmailing State Governors on the Paris Club refunds,   said that Governor Yari, as the leader of all the State Governors in Nigeria deserved some level of respect from Magu and his gangs in the EFCC, adding that; “Rushing to court to seek forfeiture of properties on which no one had been convicted and maligning the NGF chairman is to say the least, irresponsible.”

Ayodele Fayose

In a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor described the onslaught on Governor Yari as a direct attack on all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria, calling on them to rise and protect the NGF.”

He pointed out that the Paris Club refunds were occasioned by the Federal Government’s illegal conversion of funds belonging to the States and Local Governments, adding that it was absurd that the Federal Government, which illegally used money belonging to the states and local governments for its own purpose.

“It is like a man stealing your money and now coming back to give you conditions to refund the money he stole and also telling you how to spend the money,” he said.

The governor said it was the height of rascality for the EFCC to keep feeding the public with falsehood and maligning the hard-earned integrity of Nigerians, especially former and serving governors.

“This persistent media trial is the reason EFCC has lost most of the high-profile corruption cases at the law courts.

“For instance, EFCC was the one that investigated and it was the one that went to court to file ex-parte application, seeking interim forfeiture of N500mllion and $500,000 it claimed was looted from the Paris Club refunds. No defence from any of the accused.

“Yet, Governor Yari is already being presented to the public as a thief by the EFCC. This irresponsibility must stop because these attacks on the person of NGF chairman by Magu and by extension the entire governors in Nigeria must stop,” he said.