Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused the federal government of detaining his wife and eight-month old son in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, where they had gone to see the state governor, Ayo Fayose.
He said his wife, Precious Chikwendu had gone with his son to the Access Bank branch in the capital when they were “illegally detained, brutalised and put under arrest on the orders of the EFCC.”
“This govt is sick and cowardly and so are the EFCC. If you have a problem with me face me and leave my family alone,” he said in a statement. “If Buhari wants to deal with me why doesn’t he face me like a man obstead [sic] of trying to harm and hurt my 8 month old son and wife.”
According to Fani-Kayode, his family “would have been taken them away and subjected to all manner of harm and indignities simply because she is married to me” if not for the intervention of Gov. Fayose.
The ex-minister claimed that the account which his wife was going to withdraw from had N200,000 in it and has never had more than N500,000.
“She has operated it since 2005 and she stopped using it in 2013. The account has no connection with me and I did not know it existed till today,” he said.
“In an attempt to starve and harass me and my family all my accounts and wifes accounts have been frozen.
“I thank God for Gov. Fayose and the people of Ado Ekiti who stormed the bank and freed my wife from this illegal detention and attempt to kidnap them.
“Had it not been for the governors intervention and prescence the bank would have been burnt down by the crowd. My family have since left Ekiti state. This is Buhari’s Nigeria and we will resist his wickedness and tyranny.
“We intend to sue the bank and to sue the EFCC for this illegal and wicked action. They have no right to do this.”
The EFCC has however said that there is no truth to the allegations.
The commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said that the commission had no officers in Ado-Ekiti and could not have carried out such arrest.
He explained that the Access Bank account from which Mr. Fani-Kayode’s wife attempted to withdraw money had been flagged by the commission long ago and so when she attempted to withdraw, she was questioned.