The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, has reportedly unsealed some properties it linked to the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Naija News recalls that EFCC sealed off the properties, November 22, 2018, marked them with red ink and wrote on them: “EFCC under investigation, KEEP OFF ABJ-HQ FAFI.”
Apparently displeased with the development, Lere Olayinka, the spokesman to Fayose, accused the EFCC of sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state under the guise that they were linked to him, saying it was only in Nigeria that an anti-corruption agency would first go about sealing houses before determining the ownership, which can be done so easily by visiting relevant agencies.
A report monitored on The Sun newspaper by Naija News, says that officials of EFCC, in a white- coloured bus marked BWR 627 AT, moved from one of the properties to others, erasing the marks in Ado Ekiti.
According to The Sun, the buildings included a block of a two-story commercial complex located opposite the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, the NTS Event Hall and Hotel, Fajuyi, Our Peoples 104.1FM, Fajuyi, and a building beside Spotless Hotel, GRA, Ado Ekiti.
Others were a twin-building behind the Government House at the GRA, a two-story commercial building at Okesa Market and a petrol filling station.
The report quoted sources to have said the EFCC’s action might not be unconnected with its discovery that the properties were sealed in error.
Naija News recalls that a two-story commercial building at the Okesa Market, owned by a medical doctor and former member of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, that was among the properties sealed and unsealed in December 3028.
The former member of the State House of Assembly, who personally removed the EFCC marks on the building said then that the removal of the markings was consequent upon presentation of documents to EFCC to prove his family’s ownership of the property.