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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Don’t expect me in your office before October 16’, because i know you hate me – Fayose writes EFCC again


Don’t expect me in your office before October 16’,  because i know you hate me – Fayose writes EFCC again





Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has once again written the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), affirming his readiness
to make himself available at the commission’s Abuja office after
October 16, 2018 at 1pm.









Fayose’s constitutional tenure is expected to elapse on October 16.


He, however, accused the anti-graft agency of demonstrating what he tagged “hate prejudice, persecution and partiality.”









Fayose said should the EFCC be so much in a hurry that its
investigation cannot wait till October 16, 2018, “without prejudice to
Section 308 of the Constitution, I will be willing to answer questions
from your team of investigators should they be willing to meet me in my
office in Ado Ekiti on the 20th September 2018.




According to a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Assistant
on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose
said the letter written by the EFCC to the Customs and other agencies,
directing them to put him on a watch-list and arrest him if he attempted
to leave Nigeria before the expiration of his tenure, raised serious
questions about the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the
commission.




He reminded the EFCC that “in 2007, precisely on the 19th day of
December, I willingly presented myself for investigation at your Lagos
office,” adding that “There is therefore nothing new or strange in my
letter of 10th September 2018, which has been received and treated in
bad faith and taste. I thought I was assisting due and fair process of
law.”









The letter dated September 14, 2018 read; “As a responsible citizen
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who currently enjoys immunity under
Section 308 of the Constitution, it would amount to a breach of the
Constitution which I swore to uphold if I appear in your office on any
date earlier than 16th October 2018. If done otherwise, it will set a
wrong precedent for the Constitutional Institution that I represent.




“I carefully chose that date (October 16, 2018) being the next day
after the expiration of my tenure upon which the immunity I enjoy will
lapse to avoid any form of insinuation and was in good faith.


“While drafting my response to your letter of 14th September 2018, my
attention was drawn to your widely-publicized letter of September 12,
2018, directing the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service and
similar agencies, to watch-list and arrest me on an imagination that I
might leave Nigeria to escape investigation.




“It has finally put in context, your Commission’s hurriedly deleted
on-line statement via EFCC Nigeria @OfficialEFCC a day after the Ekiti
governorship election that: “The parri is over; the clock of immunity
turn apart, and the staff broken. Ekiti Integrated Poultry
Project/Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off
the shelves. See you soon.”




“Your Commission by its actions, no doubt has presumed my ‘quilt’ even prior to the commencement of “investigation”.




“This raises serious question about the impartiality, independence or
neutrality of the Commission in the matter. I feel harassed,
intimidated and embarrassed by the imputation of crime and the innuendos
of criminality underlining your correspondence which has been
maliciously circulated widely. This in all implies a case of persecution
rather than prosecution.




“While I have handed a copy of your letter to my Solicitors for a
careful study and advice, let me state here for the records, that there
is nothing about me or my antecedents, as a long standing public figure
to justify the Commission’s action. I have never been a coward or
criminal.




“Notwithstanding, the demonstrated hate and prejudice, I reaffirm my
willingness to make myself available to answer questions within my
knowledge on the day you may indicate after expiration of my term of
office on the 15th October 2018.




“If for any good reason, your investigation cannot await the date
suggested in my earlier letter, without prejudice to Section 308 of the
Constitution, I will be willing to answer questions from your team of
investigators should they be willing to meet me in my office in Ado
Ekiti on the 20th September 2018 indicated in yours.




“Save as above, I will appreciate any date convenient to you after
15th October 2018, otherwise, expect me on the 16th October 2018 at 1pm
as earlier stated.”
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