EFCC gets court order to detain Ayodele Fayose

reliable source said , " We have obtained a court
order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks
pending investigation . He could be released
earlier or later than two weeks depending on the
outcome of investigation . "
Fayose is under probe for allegedly receiving
N 1 . 3 bn from the Office of the National Security
Adviser through a former Minister of State for
Defence , Senator Musiliu Obanikoro , during the
build - up to the 2014 governorship election in
Ekiti State .
However, sources within the commission revealed
to The PUNCH that Fayose was also under probe
for allegedly receiving kickbacks from
government contractors through his aide ,
Abiodun Agbele , who is currently standing trial
for fraud .
The EFCC source said , " We have many cases
against Fayose being handled by three different
teams . We cannot just arraign him immediately .
We want to do a thorough job before taking him
to court. "
Meanwhile, the lawyer to Fayose, Chief Mike
Ozekhome ( SAN ), told The PUNCH on the
telephone that if the EFCC failed to release the
former governor on Thursday (today ) , the
commission would be sued for breaching Fayose ' s
fundamental human rights .
Ozekhome said the EFCC began investigating
Fayose over two years ago and that he wondered
why the agency would decide to hold him for over
24 hours .
He said the commission could not force Fayose to
write any statement as he reserved the right to
remain silent .
senior advocate said any move to obtain a
remand order would amount to illegality because
the Supreme Court had made that clear .
The lawyer said since Fayose ' s accounts had been
frozen and his properties seized by the
commission , there was nothing for the ex -
governor to tell the EFCC as the matter was
already in court .
Ozekhome added , " His lawyers will consider
approaching the court for the enforcement of his
fundamental human rights if he is not released on
Thursday . Section 35 and 36 of the constitution
are clear on this.
" He is not a flight risk . He willingly submitted
himself to the EFCC even earlier than the time he
was supposed to come. What the EFCC is doing is
nothing but media trial .
" From the way they have been chasing Fayose in
the last three years , one would have expected that
the EFCC would have completed its investigations
and would arrest him immediately his tenure
expires and charge him the next day but that is
not the case .
" They want him to write a statement by force and
then use the statement against him instead of
using their own evidence . "

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