Outgoing Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has made good his threat to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to court for placing him on watch list.
The anti-graft agency wrote an advisory to key security agencies demanding that Fayose be arrested if he attempts to flee the country through land, sea and air borders to escape justice.
Fayose had on September 3 threatened to sue the EFCC if it fails to withdraw the advisory within 72 hours saying the action “not only breached his constitutional immunity, it also exposed him to public opium and ridicule.”
EFCC had tweeted on July 16, 2018 through its official twitter handle @officialEFCC concerning Fayose that “The parri is over, the cloak of immunity is torn apart and the staff broken, Ekiti Integrated Poultry/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon.”
According to The Nation, Fayose filed the suit through his counsel Obafemi Adewale on Friday.
He is seeking an order of the court directing the EFCC to pay him N20bn damages for “flagrant, deliberate, pre-meditated and reckless libel and unprovoked attack on his character and reputation and the breach of his constitutional right/immunity as an incumbent Governor.”
He also wants the court to declare:
“That the EFCC letter placing him on watch-list and directing his arrest on sight even while a sitting Governor is unconstitutional as same offends the clear provision of Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which clothes the him with immunity against arrest and prosecution as an incumbent Governor.
“That the tweet by the Defendant (EFCC) through its official twitter handle, which was widely circulated through social media and published on Punch Newspaper (online) of 16th July, 2018, with the particulars wordings pleaded in the Statement of Claim filed along with this Writ is not true, is malicious, is not a fair statement and presents the Plaintiff as a fraudster thereby ridiculing him and reducing him in the eyes of reasonable and right-thinking members of the society.”
Fayose is due to handover to Kayode Fayemi on October 16 as the next governor of Ekiti State.