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EFCC moves Fayose to Lagos for trial as Obanikoro is listed as a witness

Valentine Chinyem



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the weekend moved the trial of former Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose, to Lagos.

Fayose who was seen in a relaxed mood with an official of the EFCC at the Abuja Airport  enroute Lagos for his arraignment at Federal High Court, Ikoyi tomorrow.

He  arrived Lagos Sunday afternoon via Max Air Flight Number VM1643.  However, the anti-graft agency listed 22 witnesses including a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for the trial of the ex-governor.

The EFCC filed an 11-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering against Fayose, who it accused of benefitting from N4.65billion slush funds allocated by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) during the Goodluck Jonathan Administration.

The agency said that Fayose was allegedly allocated ₦6.5 billion from the funds.

Other key witnesses are a former Director of Finance in the office of National Security Adviser, Salisu Shuaibu Spotless Limited, a company owned by Fayose, a gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Alex Otti, and Ayotunde Owope, who was Fayose’s account officer.

Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity of EFCC, while confirmed the recent development, said:

“Fayose has been served with charges alongside his comFayose has been served with charges alongside his company, Spotless,” he said.

He was said to have only admitted knowing Obanikoro and his associate, Abiodun Agbele, who allegedly bought six choice properties for him in Lagos and Abuja.

He was also said to have confirmed during interrogation that Agbele bought the properties for him.

He was also said to have confirmed during interrogation that Agbele bought the properties for him.

Meanwhile, the media aid to Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said the former governor is waiting to be charged to court, whenever the EFCC is ready.

According to him, rhe EFCC has no evidence against the former Governor.

“With the deafening noise that they made about the evidence of corruption in their possession and even going by the EFCC ignoble tweet of July 15, 2018, in which the commission expressed its readiness to prosecute the former governor immediately he no longer enjoyed immunity, Nigerians had expected that by now, he will be facing trial in court,” he had said in a statement.

“However, because the EFCC does not have any evidence against Fayose, the commission has opted to keep him in detention so as to satisfy its paymasters whose major agenda is ‘Fayose must be kept out of circulation by whatever means.

“If not that they are just interested in keeping him out of circulation, why is the anti-graft commission not in court to prosecute him with the ‘overwhelming evidence’ it claimed to have?”