By Dapo Akinrefon & Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Ekiti State government has filed criminal charges of corruption against the former state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Finance Commissioner, Mr Dapo Kolawole.
The 19-count charge, HAD/05c/2018, was filed before an Ado Ekiti High Court, on January 26, 2018.
Dr Fayemi, in his reaction, described the suit as a show of desperation saying “we shall meet in court.”
This was just as the former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, Mr. Kolawole dragged Governor Ayodele Fayose and two others before a Federal Ekiti High Court for alleged libel.
The suit is coming less than two weeks after the government released a white paper on the report of the Justice Silas Oyewole Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Finances of Ekiti State during the administration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Fayemi as governor.
Count 12 of the criminal charge, which bordered on conspiracy to steal and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code law, Cap C. 16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2010 reads; “That you Dr John Kayode Fayemi and Mr Vincent Dapo Kolawole, while holding the offices of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria and Commissioner for Finance respectively, sometime between 2011 and 2014, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired to steal the sum of N2.75 billion being the sum of money earmarked in the Bond Prospectus titled; ‘Ekiti State Government of Nigeria, Offer for Subscription of N20 billion. 14.5% Fixed rate Bond Due 2018 under the Ekiti State Government of Nigeria N25billion Bond Issuance Programme ‘ and released for the construction of Ultra-Modern Market in Ekiti State, which you never built; and thereby committed an offence.”
Also on the N25 billion bond, Fayemi and Kolawole were accused of stealing N716,688,790.92 out of the N750 million earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the construction of Ekiti State School of Agriculture out of which only N33.311,209.08 was allegedly spent, N198,860,023.00 being outstanding fund from the N500 million earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the construction of Ekiti State Liaison Office in Lagos, out of which only N301,139,977 was expended for the said construction.
Furthermore, out of the N767, 970,167.47 earmarked in the Bond Prospectus and released for the renovation of Governor’s Office, only N87, 622,912.25 was spent, leaving outstanding sum of N681, 347,255.22. For the renovation of Ado Ekiti Water Works, N335.5 million was earmarked and released while only N155, 523,558 was spent, leaving outstanding sum of N197, 979,441.77 and N468.6million earmarked for construction of Ero Water Works, which was not done.
It’s a show of desperation — Fayemi
Reacting, Dr Fayemi said the suit showed the state government’s level of desperation.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said: “This just goes to show their level of desperation to tarnish Dr Fayemi’s public service record.
“The government, out of desperation, refused to release the Certified True Copy, CTC, of the report of the panel to Fayemi’s counsel more than a month after he has sent in a written application for the CTC of the report.
“The lawyer asked for the CTC of the report as part of the documents he needed for a suit he has filed challenging the outcome of the panel. Now the same government that has refused to release the report is going to court based on the same report. Can you see mischief, double standard and deliberate which hunting? But we shall meet in court.”
Ex-Commissioner sues Fayose, others for N20bn
Meanwhile, a former Commissioner for Finance in Ekiti State, has dragged Governor Fayose and two others before a Federal High Court in Abeokuta for alleged libel.
The suit, which was filed on January 18 at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division, was marked FHC/ABK/CS/6/2018.
Kolawole, in the case which comes up for hearing at the court on Friday, February 23, is seeking N20 billion as compensation for the alleged offence committed against him.
The Commissioner also sued Fayose, the Permanent Secretary, and Federal Ministry of Finance, Attorney General of the Federation, Accountant General of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN; and Debt Management Office, DMO.
Equally joined in the suit are Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Accountant General and Ekiti State, Commissioner for Finance, Ekiti State.
He is asking the court to halt the payment of the outstanding sum of N11 billion being awaited as refunds from the Federal Government on Ado-Ifaki Road should not be given to the Fayose administration as the road was constructed by the Fayemi regime.
Kolawole is demanding damages of N10 billion each from Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka and House of Assembly member for alleged criminal libel and defamation on the statement they made on a television and radio programme.