On Thursday, June 1st, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, submitted himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Fayemi submitted himself to the operatives and he is currently undergoing intense questioning at the Ilorin office of the commission.
Reports show that Fayemi arrived at the EFCC facility at about 10 a.m. and was questioned over issues of corruption when he was serving as governor of Ekiti State.
The commission is interrogating the former governor over allegation of N4 billion misappropriation during his tenure as governor of Ekiti State.
EFCC Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the development, said the former Ekiti State governor was with the commission but failed to say anything as to why he was there.
Uwujaren said: “Yes, it is true, he is with the commission.”
The former Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Friday, in a statement by his spokesperson, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, however, refuted the claim that he is under EFCC probe.
Sajoh disclosed that Fayemi in company of his counsel visited the EFCC office in Ilorin and engaged in fruitful discussions with the investigators before being allowed to depart after a few hours.
He said during Fayemi’s visit to the EFCC, “no such allegation was raised during his conversation” with officials of the anti-graft agency and that he only responded to a frivolous petition from a group that was trying to soil his good name and image.
“We would like to address the concerns surrounding the invitation and subsequent visit of Dr Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past governor of Ekiti State and former Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, to the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” Sajoh said.
“Last month, Dr Fayemi received an invitation from the Ilorin office of the EFCC regarding a money laundering petition against him.
“It was during the height of the preparations for the change of government, with many activities and programmes lined up as part of the event.
“We firmly believe that Dr Fayemi’s visit has provided answers to the agency’s inquiries regarding the petition. However, should there be a need for further clarification, Dr Fayemi stands ready to cooperate fully.
“We wish to note, too, that contrary to the news that made the rounds about a purported N4b fraud case against Dr Fayemi, no such allegation was raised in his conversation with the EFCC.
“All he did was respond to a frivolous petition from a faceless group, the so-called Ekiti Patriotic Coalition, which we strongly believed is a front for some anti-Fayemi politicians, who are trying to soil the former governor’s good name and image.”