Posted by News Express | 7 July 2016 | 3,470 times
The news from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is not a good one for embattled Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, as the commission continues its investigation into the sources of the funding of his 2014 governorship election.
The anti-graft agency is investigating Fayose over the sum of N1.2 billion which he allegedly collected from detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), through former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who is currently on self exile in the USA.
While Fayose continues to proclaim his innocence, sources say that contractors who allegedly worked for him and his detained ally, Abiodun Agbele, alias Abbey, are volunteering incriminating evidence against him. The sources claimed that no fewer than seven houses have allegedly been traced to Fayose by EFCC – all reportedly purchased after his return to the Ekiti Government House in 2014.
A source said: “EFCC has discovered payments to Signachorr and Stillearth Ltd., which sold property to Fayose, from Abbey’s account. In scrutinising Stillearth and Signachorr bank accounts, the commission discovered payment by Samchase Ltd., a contractor to the Ekiti State Government. Other three companies are also listed as paying for properties for Fayose.
“Stillearth and Signochorr claim payments by Privateer Ltd of Abbey Agbele and Simcheese are payments for property sold to Fayose by Stillearth.
“Fayose now fights Stillearth and Signachorr, accusing its owner of colluding with EFCC to make a case against him – just the same way he fights dirty with Zenith Bank, which he accused of funding his campaign but which the bank has vehemently denied.”
An official of Stillearth and Signachorr, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the company is cooperating with EFCC on the matter. He said they couldn’t have done otherwise because “as a reputable company we have to cooperate with law enforcement agencies but I can assure you that we have done nothing wrong.”
The man said the company will not hide anything from EFCC since it was they engaged in a genuine transaction and did not know that the money Fayose paid was from kick-back or from the NSA’s Office.
He said: “I want to tell you that we are a reputable company and have nothing to hide. We engaged in genuine transaction with Mr. Fayose and all the documents are there.
“We will not hide anything from the EFCC or any government agency that may be interested in the matter because our hands are clean. Nobody is trying to implicate the Governor, he should own up now because we are not ready to play any dirty game with him as he did with Zenith Bank.”
The company chief accused Fayose of “trying to bring down people because he knows he is falling and has a failing government.”
Meanwhile, Abbey is said to be singing in EFCC custody, providing the anti-graft agency with “useful information” that may further complicate things for Fayose.
•Photo shows Governor Fayose.
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