-The Ekiti state government says the arrest of its officials by the EFCC is a breach on existing court order.
-The government also called for the release of its officials.
The Ekiti State government on Monday called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to charge its Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and
Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi, to court instead of detaining them indefinitely.
The two officials were on September 28, arrested by the EFCC while the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, was away in Abuja to officially launch his campaign to become president in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The officials had been picked up by the EFCC over claims that they had cases to answer over how the Ekiti state government utilized the bailout funds given to the state by the federal government.
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Briefing journalists on Monday after the state executive council meeting, the Ekiti state commissioner for information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, said the detention of two officials was an “abuse of power” and “a witch-hunt.”
He also stated the arrest violated a subsisting ruling of a court of competent jurisdiction which restrains the EFCC from inviting or arresting officials of the state.
According to him, the options available to the anti graft agency was to either grant the arrested state officials administrative bail or charge them to court if they had breached the law.
Source: Naija News