The drama between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission the former Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has taken a new turn.
According to Punch, the anti-graft agency has now obtained a remand order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to keep Fayose for two weeks, and this remand order reportedly is subject to renewal, meaning that the former governor could spend longer than two weeks in custody.
Speaking with the newspaper, a reliable source said, “We have obtained a court order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks pending investigation. He could be released earlier or later than two weeks depending on the outcome of the investigation.”
Recall that Fayose is under probe for allegedly receiving N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Sources within EFCC also added that the former governor is also being probed for allegedly receiving kickbacks from government contractors through his aide, Abiodun Agbele, who is currently standing trial for fraud.
The EFCC source said, “We have many cases against Fayose being handled by three different teams. We cannot just arraign him immediately. We want to do a thorough job before taking him to court.”
Reacting to the recent development, Fayose’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told The PUNCH that if the EFCC failed to release the former governor on Thursday, the commission would be sued for breaching Fayose’s fundamental human rights.
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.