That former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State reported at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) head office in Abuja and he is now in detention is an established fact.
Be that as it may, insiders at the EFCC squealed to us that; “Fayose has a lot of issues to clear with us and we hope he can clear them on time. He is to write a voluntary statement on all that he knows about the N4.7 billion that he allegedly received from the former Minister of State for Defence.”
“Interrogators also confronted him on the choice property he allegedly used fronts to acquire in Lagos, Abuja and other places and the allegation that he collected kickbacks from some contractors.”
“There are so many issues for which Fayose must provide answers to our interrogators. These things take time and he should know that it is beyond fanfare but being honest and providing answers to the issues.”
Besides, we gathered former Defence Minister, Musiliu Obanikoro who allegedly ferried the huge cash to Ondo for Fayose might be used as a prosecution witness against him.
sources said the EFCC have lined up several top bank officials, who handled many of Fayose’s accounts, which are subject of investigation and litigation. Some of the accounts, had been seized by the anti-graft agency but was forced to reopen them because of Fayose’s immunity as a governor. Similarly, some of the property in Abuja and Lagos worth billions of Naira, had already been marked by the EFCC as being under investigation and the anti-graft agency wants to invoke the Assets Forfeiture clause to seize the properties in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004.
EFCC listed some of the property acquired with illicit funds through Fayose’s fronts to include those on 32 Yedseram Street and 44 Osun River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and those on Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island. According to the EFCC source, the four duplexes are valued at $1.3m (N364m) each and were allegedly bought through a company, known as “JJ Technical.”
In preparation for Fayose’s trial, EFCC had in a 10-paragraph counter-affidavit deposed to by Tosin Owobo, accused Fayose of using the proceeds of crime to purchase the said property. “Apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1, 219,490,000 being part of the N4.7 billion stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser, the applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kickbacks from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd, Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd, Hoff Concept Ltd and Calibre Consulting Ltd.
“The applicant (Fayose) received these kickbacks and gratification through Still Earth Ltd and Signachorr Nigeria Limited. In turn, the applicant (Fayose) instructed the Still Earth Ltd and Signachoor Nigeria Limited to use the funds to acquire properties for him.
“In complying with the applicant’s instruction, Still Earth Limited and Signachoor Nigeria Limited acquired properties on behalf of the applicant (Fayose) in the name of a company known as J.J Technical Services Limited belonging to the applicant (Fayose) and his wife (Feyisetan).
“That the applicant (Fayose) also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situated at 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama Abuja, from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kickbacks.”