Former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state is being detained for the second day running by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the agency is pulling all the stops to nail him.
Fayose who was held after submitting himself for interrogation in his characteristic theatrical style has been on the anti-corruption agency’s radar for a while, although the former governor expressed confidence about his dealings in office.
According to reports, the EFCC has detailed three teams to handle the Fayose case:
- One: A team managing his suspended trial “because he had immunity as governor”
- Two: A team investigating his involvement in an alleged N4.685 billion fraudulent transaction with the Sambo Dasuki led Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) during his gubernatorial run in 2014.
- Three: A team probing his tenure in office from 2014.
Why it matters: Fayose, a staunch critic of the Buhari administration, believes that his detention and investigation by the agency is politically motivated and frequently boasts that he cannot be intimidated. While he held office, he had been involved in a number of public spats with the agency which accused him of trying to flee the country.
One more thing: Fayose is zonal director of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Council for the South West, and that does not look so great for the campaign.
Go deeper: Inside the ongoing EFCC detention of Fayose.