Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Afenifere Condemns EFCC Freezing Gov Fayose’s Bank Account, Said It’s an abnormality

The personal accounts of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and those of some of his associates have been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


On their part, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the move was an abnormality but was quick to call on the commission to give an explanation as to why it took the step.

Odumakin said: “If it was done, it is an abnormality. What crime did he commit? Did he keep the money of the state in his private account? What level of investigation have they done to warrant the closure of his personal account? “People will see this as an attempt to witch-hunt and muzzle him. If it is true, it will be the height of high-handedness. They owe the country an explanation, and they must tell us why they did such.” Lawyer and human rights activist, Tokunbo Mumuni, said: “The fact that the governor is in power does not mean he cannot be investigated. This has been settled in the case of Fawehinmi vs. Tinubu.


However, he has immunity from any prosecution. On the issue of his frozen account, if it is true, that means the anti-graft agency must have secured a valid court order. If this is not done, the exercise remains invalid and illegal. “If the court feels that, indeed, there is a commission of a crime relating to the account or the owner of the account, the court has the power to freeze the account pending investigation. Like I said, there must be a valid order of the court, which must be the instrument to be executed.”

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