Alleged Bailout Scam: Governor Ayo Fayose Promises Released Commissioner, AG New Cars

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has promised to buy new cars for the just released Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, for their unending loyalty to the state.

The officials were released on Wednesday after spending 14 days in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

They were questioned over alleged mismanagement of state funds.

Fayose, who made the promise at a reception organised for the duo at the Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti, described the EFCC as a ‘senseless’ organisation.

He said, “They (the EFCC) have made you stronger because I have passed through that ordeal before. They wanted information to incriminate me but they can’t get because I’m transparent in financial handlings. As soon as I can I will buy the two of you new cars.”

The governor added, “The EFCC is a senseless body, because if it is not senseless, it should have known that the man who wrote the petition had been sacked because he didn’t deserve to be called a civil servant. The arrest was orchestrated by Ekiti indigenes in collaboration with the EFCC.

“I will never go and beg the EFCC, it will rather beg me. I won’t negotiate anything because I am not afraid of them. There was a subsisting court order that barred them from arresting any official of this state, but they breached the law.

“By the grace of God, I will restructure the EFCC when I become the president of this nation. I will reorganise the EFCC and make it look responsible. They detained me in 2008, but I won them in court, because the Most High God was on my side.

“They said the NNPC Group Managing Director awarded $25bn contracts illegally, the EFCC did nothing. Even the Presidency has been the one defending him now. What is their interest in Ekiti? Whose interest is the EFCC protecting?

“This was the way the Department of State Services arrested Afolabi Akanni. They even stopped the state allocation at a time, but whatever they do, Ekiti shall put them to shame,” the governor said.

The governor slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of punishing the citizens of the state illegally by not constructing any road in the state since he became president of the federal republic of Nigeria.

Talking abour their experience in the EFCC custody, Ojo stated that the anti-graft agency begged to release them after it found nothing incriminating against them.

“I want to thank our governor and the Ekiti people, particularly workers for their prayers. The EFCC found it difficult to prosecute us because they lacked evidence.

“Fayose by his conduct boxed the EFCC to a corner, because you needed not fear when you committed no crime. By our arrests, it was clear that the EFCC has become an instrument of oppression.

“Some states took more than the bailout taken by Ekiti but nothing was done. What is their interest in Ekiti?

“They asked us to sign so that we can leave the detention but we refused. They started begging us before we left,” he said.

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