The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, of collecting kickbacks from contractors in the state.
The EFCC also alleged that some of the bribe was used in buying a property in the name of his London-based sister, Mrs. Moji Ladeji, on Osun Crescent in the Maitama area of Abuja. Our correspondent, who visited the property, an uncompleted building, was informed that a plot of land on the street cost at least N250m.
The allegations were contained in the counter-affidavit filed by the EFCC in opposition to Fayose’s ex parte motion asking a Federal High Court in Ekiti to grant a mandatory order lifting the ban placed on his Zenith Bank accounts, by virtue of the immunity conferred on him by Section 308 of the 1999 constitution.
The EFCC also gave vivid details of how a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), allegedly stole N4.745bn from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser and handed N1.219bn out of the money to Fayose through the governor’s proxy, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in 2014
In a 10-paragraph counter-affidavit deposed to by Tosin Owobo, an investigating officer in the EFCC, the anti-graft agency asked the court not to defreeze Fayose’s account in the interest of justice.
The affidavit read in part, “Apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1, 219,490,000 being part of the N4,745,000,000 stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the office of the National Security Adviser, the applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kickbacks from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd., Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd., Hoff Concept Ltd. and Calibre Consulting Ltd.
“The applicant (Fayose) received these kickbacks and gratification through Still Earth Ltd. and Signachorr Nigeria Ltd. In turn the applicant (Fayose) instructed Still Earth Ltd. and Signachoor Nigeria Ltd. to use the funds to acquire properties for him.
“In complying with the applicant’s instruction, Still Earth Ltd. and Signachoor Nigeria Ltd. acquired properties on behalf of the applicant (Fayose) in the name of a company known as J.J. Technical Services Ltd. belonging to the applicant (Fayose) and his wife (Feyisetan).
“That the applicant (Fayose) also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situated at 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama Abuja from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kickbacks.”
The EFCC subsequently attached copies of the deeds of assignment for the said properties and marked it Exhibit EFCC 08.
The commission said when it had established that the funds in Fayose’s account were proceeds of crime, it approached the Federal High Court Lagos Judicial Division, for an order directing the Manager of Zenith Bank to freeze the said accounts.
The EFCC subsequently obtained an order from Justice M.B. Idris before freezing the said accounts.