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EFCC begins investigation of Fayose, wife

 

Investigation into the alleged money laundering by Governor Ayo Fayose and his wife, Feyisetan.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the investigation of Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, his wife, Feyisetan, and his top aides, according report.

Others being investigated are Lere Olayinka, spokesman to the governor; Toyin Ojo, the state’s commissioner for finance; Oluyemisi Owolabi, the state’s accountant general.

Sources in the know of the investigation said the anti-graft agency is may charge the governor, his wife, and members of his cabinets with money laundering and abuse of office.

In one of the letters seen, dated July 20, 2018, and addressed to the managing director and the chief compliance officer of Access Bank Plc showed that EFCC is also investigating the governor for abuse of office.

The EFCC listed four Access Bank accounts being run by “Ayodele Peter Fayose”, and about five accounts in the same bank, being run by “Feyisetan Helen O. Fayose”, believed to be the wife of the governor.

Sources also revealed that similar letters were sent to other major banks in the country, where the governor and his loyalists, run personal transactions.

Some of the letters referenced “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/254” and “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/258” requested that the banks’ compliance officers should report at the EFCC economic governance section on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 — 10 days after the just concluded Ekiti elections.

Insiders revealed that the banks were asked to present the details of accounts of the governor and his loyalists, including their; statements of accounts, bank verification, and any other relevant information that may help the investigation.

After the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the July 14 elections in Ekiti, the EFCC official Twitter handle tweeted that the anti-graft agency was coming after Fayose to explain his role in the alleged N1.3 billion fraud, as filed by the EFCC in 2005.

“The parri is over, the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken. #Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon,” read the tweet posted hours after Kayode Fayemi was declared winner of the governorship election.

The EFCC later disowned the tweet, saying it did not represent the views of the agency.

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, ahd said: “In the opinion of most commentators, the tweet betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti state”.

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