The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to come to the commission’s headquarters on September 20 , 2018 for questioning instead of waiting till his immunity lapses on October 16 .
The letter was in response to an earlier letter written by Fayose wherein the governor informed the EFCC of his willingness to appear before the anti- graft agency immediately after his tenure expires on October 16 .
However , in a letter with reference number , ‘EFCC/ EC/ GC/ 31 / 2173 dated September 1 , 2018, and signed by the EFCC’s Director of Operations, Umar Mohammed , the anti -graft agency urged the governor to feel free to come to the EFCC even before the expiration of his tenure .
While praising Fayose for his forthrightness and willingness to cooperate with the anti – graft agency , the commission promised the governor that his immunity would not be undermined .
The letter read in part, “I appreciate your sense of duty and responsibility as a law – abiding citizen who wishes to submit himself voluntarily to the due process of the law , more so as your immunity as a governor shall come to an end .
“In view of the above and your request to make yourself available on Tuesday , October 16 , 2018 to make clarifications on ongoing investigations that affect you , we look forward to receiving you even earlier than October 16 , 2018.
“In this regard , we shall be willing to receive you on Thursday , September 20 , 2018 without prejudice to your immunity under Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999.
“Please accept the assurances of the acting chairman ’s highest regards . ”
Fayose is currently under investigation for allegedly receiving over N 1. 219 bn from a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build – up to the 2014 governorship election which Fayose won.
The money was said to have emanated from the embattled former National Security Adviser , Col . Sambo Dasuki ( retd .)
Already the EFCC has arraigned in court a trusted aide to Fayose , Abiodun Agbele , who allegedly transported the money from the airport to the bank .
The commission has since seized over four properties from Fayose including two in upscale Maitama, Abuja and others in Tiamiyu Savage Street , Victoria Island , Lago
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