Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state under the guise that the houses were linked to him.
The former governor, in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said that he was informing the public ahead of the agency’s usual blackmail and media trial.
The statement read: “I have just been informed that operatives of the EFCC in collaboration with the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Ekiti State are going about sealing houses of innocent people in the state under the guise that the houses are linked to me.
“This is another wild goose chase and the usual media campaign against my person.
“None of the property in question is owned by me and the records are there for anyone that is interested to see.”
Meanwhile, the EFCC yesterday closed down some houses allegedly linked to Fayose in Ekiti State capital city.
The houses include one located at Fajuyi Park beside the old Mr. Biggs in Ado-Ekiti, which was specifically designed as Civic Centre for event management business.
Others are: the bank two-storey building at Okesa and the house where the radio station, Peoples Voice 104.1 FM, allegedly owned by the governor and two houses located at Government Reserved Area (GRA), all in Ado-Ekiti.
The closure came barely one month after the state’s Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning sealed off a house allegedly linked to Fayose at GRA in the state capital.
The EFCC operatives were said to have stormed the building at about 10.35 a.m. to paste the restriction order.
The emblem placed on the palatial mansion painted in white colour reads: “Order from EFCC: This structure is under investigation, keep off.”
However, a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, has condemned the EFCC for alleged invasion of his property.
Omotoso, in a statement yesterday, said: “EFCC owes me a responsibility and moral obligation of due diligence by doing thorough investigation on my ownership of the said property before the invasion.”
But the owner of Our Peoples 104.1 FM, Ejemu Nigeria Limited, said the station was not sealed but just placed under investigation.