A law firm, Salawu, Akingbolu and Company, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering charges against some aides of Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose.
The lawyers also petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), accusing the governor of using policemen to “prevent arrest of suspects, manipulate charges against his aides and harassment of bank workers”.
In the petitions dated February 23, the lawyers said they were acting on the orders of The Concerned Ekiti Indigenes and demanded investigation of the allegations.
They urged the EFCC to investigate the alleged stealing of $150,000 by a woman and some domestic workers in the Government House.
The petitioners also pointed the IG’s attention to serial use of policemen to perpetrate illegal acts in favour of the governor, citing the use of policemen to prevent EFCC from effecting the arrest of Femi Fani-Kayode’s wife when she attempted to withdraw money from her husband’s frozen account.
Other illegal acts, according to the petitioners, include the governor’s use of the policemen to harass bank workers over attempt to withdraw money from an account under a legal restriction, including use of policemen to besiege a popular hotel to prevent arrest of a suspect.
The lawyers pointed attention to the role of the Ekiti State Police Command in the manipulation of the alleged theft charge of $50,000 in the Government House involving Fayose’s aides, Sunday Omosilade, Afolabi Sunday, Bamidele Temitope and a foreign exchange operatorr, Shuaibu Amidu.
They noted that in the purported amended charge, Amidu, who assisted Afolabi and Temitope to change the $50,000 to naira equivalent, was omitted “for obvious reasons and the name of Omosilade, the governor’s aide was also removed.”
They also complained that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, had applied to take over the case, indicating that there was a ploy to manipulate the case and to cover-up the alleged fraud in the governor’s favour.
They called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and EFCC to the alleged Fayose/police conspiracy to aid criminality in Ekiti State.
They said: “The questions that agitate the minds of the public and demand answers are as follows; how did Omosilade suddenly turn from an accused to a complainant?
“How did he come about $50,000 which is the equivalent of N20,000,000? Why did the governor demote him and send him packing from the Government House to the office of his wife? If Omosilade is the owner of the money, why did the governor punish him?