A Former Governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday on the commission’s invitation, is still in its custody.
While reporting at the EFCC on Tuesday, Fayose had said that he was there to keep his promise to honour the commission’s invitation, and to respond to any allegation against him.
A senior lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), had stated Thursday that the EFCC had no right to keep Fayose beyond 24 hours without charging him.
He said that it was either that the commission charged the former governor to court or free him so as not to foul the law.
“If they have done that by obtaining a Magistrate Court’s order that will be in the form of a holding charge, which has been declared unconstitutional and illegal by the Supreme Court.
“Holding charge is illegal. It is unconstitutional.’’
He, however, disclosed that efforts had begun to secure the release of Fayose, which, according to him, was his fundamental human rights.
“Yes, his lawyers will go to court to enforce his fundamental human rights.”
The commission has meanwhile declined comment on the issue, preferring the media await developments on it.
Head of Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Wilson Uwajeren, said Saturday in Abuja that there was “nothing to report at the moment”.
“If there is anything, I will get across to you,” he said.