Mores troubles for Fayose as EFCC storms Ekiti, seals off houses suspectedly traced to him
* Stop victimising innocent people —Fayose
By Steve Oko
The ordeals of the immediate -past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, in the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, worsened Thursday as operatives of the anti graft agency stormed Ekiti and started sealing off buildings suspected to be owned by Fayose.
Wawa News Global gathered that EFCC sealed about five buildings including a filling station allegedly traced to Fayose in Ado Ekiti alone.
Among the sealed structures were: a popular event center, the NTS Event Hall Hotel, located at Fajuyi Park, 104.1 Fm Station, a Two Storey building located along Okesha road and some buildings located within a compound in the government reserved Area (GRA) in Ado-Ekiti.
EFCC also sealed a petrol station located at Irona road, a twin 3 storey building allegedly built by Fayose for the Local Government Service Commission, located along Iyin Road
This is coming barely one month the state Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning sealed off a house allegedly linked to Fayose at GRA in the state capital.
“KEEP OFF, UNDER INVESTIGATION, EFCC” were the signs conspicuously written on the walls of the buildings.
Fayose is facing trial over the claim that the ex- governor benefited N2.99 billion from the arms fund allotted to the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col Bello Dasuki.
He was accused of using the largess to fund his reelection for the governorship seat in 2014.
But in a swift response, Fayose distanced himself from the sealed structures, saying EFCC was “sealing innocent people’s houses”.
He said the anti graft agency was rather punishing innocent property owners under the pretext of fighting corruption.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose described the EFCC action as “a wild goose chase”.
He denied any financial scam while in office.
The statement read in part; “ I have just been informed that operatives of the EFCC in collaboration with the APC govt in Ekiti are going about sealing houses of innocent people in the state, under the guise that the houses are linked to me.
“This is another wild goose chase and the usual media campaign against my person.
“It is only in our country that an anti corruption agency will first go about sealing houses before determining the ownership, which can be done so easily by visiting relevant agencies.
“I am therefore informing the public ahead of their usual blackmail and media trial.
“None of the properties in question is owned by me and the records are there for anyone that is interested to see.
“The EFCC is advised to stop going about looking for ways to malign my person just because of their hatred as a result of my uncompromising stands on national issues.https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/10/wasted-years-comment-youre-partisan-fayose-tells-anglican-bishop/
“Even if the commission is being pressured from ‘above’ to persecute Fayose at all cost, it should at least, do its job diligently to save itself from persistent embarrassment”.
Fayose said he was being persecuted because of his critical stance against the excesses of the President Muhammadu Buhari -led federal government.