Fayose Gives Indicted Commissioner, AG New Cars
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, is never afraid to shy away from controversies.
14 days days after his Finance Commissioner, Toyin Ojo, and the state Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi were released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged mismanagement of state funds, the governor opened his goody bag.
He handed over the keys to new Kia Rio cars shortly after a thanksgiving service to mark his third anniversary in office at the Government House.
The officials were released on Wednesday after spending two weeks in EFCC's custody.
Fayose, who is a 2019 presidential aspirant, said the duo deserved to be rewarded for “enduring maltreatment, harassment, intimidation and oppression.”
Alleging that the arrest of the officials was illegal because only the state’s House of Assembly could raise questions about the Ekiti financial status, he added that the state government would sue the EFCC.
“The constitution of Nigeria does not empower the EFCC to arrest state officials over alleged graft. That function belongs to our state House of Assembly. We will sue the EFCC for this illegality, pursue the case to a logical conclusion and get damages for this ill-treatment.
“The constitution of Nigeria is supreme and has overriding influence over any government parastatal such as the EFCC.”
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