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Fayose Berates EFCC Over Commissioner, AG Arrest


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the arrest of the state’s Commissioner of Finance and the state’s Accountant General by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is shameful.

Fayose, who was a guest appearance on a live programme on Channels Television titled Politics Today, queried why the arrest had to coincide with his declaration to run for the 2019 presidential election which held at the Chelsea Hotel in Abuja.

Recall that the EFCC, had few hours after his declaration, arrested the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi,  over allegations of mismanagement of bailout funds by the state government.

“Arresting my accountant general and commissioner for finance, as fact, today is shameful,” Fayose said.

“Why did it coincide my declaration? You are so intolerant of opposition, I cannot be perturbed by that. Even my predecessor has been alleged, documents filed into the EFCC and nobody has called him for one day.”

On allegations that the bailout funds allocated to the state were mismanaged, he said, “May I say to you expressly sir, that your story is incorrect.”

Fayose explained further, “Ekiti got the least. Ekiti got a bailout of N4.7b; the state wage bill is 2.6, the local government is 2.4 which automatically amounts that the bailout, even if it’s used strictly and only for salaries, cannot pay salaries of both state and local government for one month.