The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose to report to the commission on September 20 instead of waiting till October 16 he is expected to leave office as governor.
It would be recalled that Fayose has been hounded by the EFCC for alleged money laundering running into millions of naira.
EFCC’s invitation is in response to Fayose’s letter entitled ‘Notification of my decision to make myself available in your office to clarify issue(s) or answer questions on issues within my knowledge’ in which the governor notified the agency of his decision to make himself available before it on October 16.
In the letter dated September 10, 2018 and addressed to the chairman of the EFCC, the governor said he would appear before the agency “to clarify issue(s) or answer questions on issues within my knowledge.”
Fayose who personally signed the letter also said his desire to submit himself to the commission was hinged “on several and serial actions of your commission for some time now, including but not limited to freezing of my accounts and attempts to secure temporary forfeiture of my properties.”
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, Mr. Umar Mohammed, the agency urged the governor to feel free to come to the EFCC even before the expiration of his tenure.
The letter reads: “I refer to your letter dated September 10, 2018 relative above captioned subject.
“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 soon come to an end.
“In view of the above and your request to make yourself available on October 16, 2018, to make clarifications on ongoing investigations that affect you, we look forward to receiving you even 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 executive chairman’s highest regards.”