While Gov. Ayo Fayose and his team were making plans to ensure his presidential declaration event runs smoothly on Thursday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was hatching plans of its own.
The plot: The commission had sent invitations in the past to two officials of the state government – the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Toyin Ojo; and the Accountant General, Mrs. Oluyemisi Owolabi – for questioning, but they did not honour it. Knowing that Ojo and Owolabi would be in Abuja for the declaration, agents of the commission laid in wait and arrested them when they showed up at the event.
EFCC statement: The Ekiti officials “were picked up today following their refusal to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to pending investigations on the misuse of bailout funds by the Ayodele Fayose administration,” said EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
Ekiti government statement: Special Assistant to Governor Ayo Fayose on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the arrests were due to fear by the Buhari government over the governor’s presidential declaration. “The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack-dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but Ekiti State government under Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot be intimidated… It is funny that the EFCC, in the bid to carry out its usual hatchet job against Governor Fayose, failed to take into cognisance the subsisting court order, which forbids any official of the Ekiti State government from being arrested by the EFCC. Up till today, the court order has not been appealed and it subsists,” the statement said.