The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will reportedly be moving former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose to Lagos for a trial.
According to The Nation, the former governor has been charged with receiving the sums of ₦1.299 billion and $5.3 million from the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
A source who spoke to The Nation said Fayose diverted the sums, released for his 2014 governorship campaign, to the acquiring of properties.
The EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren confirmed that the former governor has been charged. He said:
“Fayose has been served with charges alongside his company, Spotless.
But the ex-governor denied collecting $5.3 million from Obanikoro. 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.
But Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, said the former governor is waiting to be charged to court, whenever the EFCC is ready.
He claimed that the EFCC did not have evidence to prosecute the ex-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?”