N840m Slush Fund: EFCC Confronts Fani-Kayode Amidst 8-Hour Siege Lifted At His Residence
Following weeks of verbal trading over allegations of money laundering and fraud to the tune of N840 million, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has now confronted the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode on the matter.
Fani-Kayode, the spokesman for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation, has been accused by the country’s premier anti-graft agency of receiving N840 million naira few days to the 2015 presidential election.
Today the EFCC invited me to to come their office on monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house.
The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated 6th May. They said I should report on the 9th. Can someone pl tell me why
they are at my gate? They can't even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend. I never refused their
Fani-Kayode, who narrowly escaped arrest last Friday when no fewer than ten operatives of the EFCC stormed his Maitama home in Abuja, is scheduled to appear before the commission on Monday to explain why he collected the cash and what it was used for.
But shortly after the news of the invitation – in a letter dated May 6, 2016 – became public, Mr. Fani-Kayode raised the alarm that officials of the commission were surrounding his home, after he had given assurance that he would turn in himself on Monday.
After 8 hours the siege on my home has been lifted, the EFCC has left and I look forward to my date with them at their office on monday.
The development was strongly criticised by the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Saturday, who described the eight hours siege on Fani-Kayode’s residence as the height of executive rascality, adding that despite that he was only invited to come to the EFCC office on Monday, there was no evidence that Fani-Kayode refused to honour the EFCC invitation.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said:
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“EFCC under President Mohammadu Buhari is acting as if it is above the law and Nigerians and the international community must remind the commission that we are in a democracy where rule of law is sacrosanct.”
“The EFCC must be reminded of the judgement delivered in March, this year by Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal High Court in Nicholas Arinse Vs EFCC & Nigerian Army where the judge held that the EFCC did not behave as if we were in a civilised society and that the anti-graft commission was behaving as if we were in a military dictatorship, where they arrest and release person at will.
“In the case of the former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Jonathan, no one is saying those suspected of corrupt practices should not be investigated and tried, but it is wrong for Warimopei Dudafa to have been kept in EFCC custody for over two weeks without trial.
“Also, it is a demonstration of barbarism for the same EFCC that invited Fani-Kayode to its office on Monday to have invaded his house yesterday, holding the occupants hostage for eight hours when there is no evidence that Fani-Kayode refused to honour EFCC invitation.
“Why the show of barbarism by the EFCC as if Nigeria is now back to 1984 when Buhari was a military dictator?”