Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola
The Ekiti State Executive Council (Exco) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release the Commissioner of Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, from its custody.
Members spoke yesterday at their meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
They described EFCC’s arrest and detention of the duo on September 28 as an “abuse of power and witch-hunt by pseudo-democrats in Abuja to diabolically incapacitate the Ayo Fayose administration”.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Information, Youth and Sports Development Commissioner Lanre Ogunsuyi said the anti-graft agency should, in the alternative, charge them to court if anything incriminating had been established against them.
Ogunsuyi said the arrest of Ojo and Owolabi was “in violation of a subsisting ruling of a court of competent jurisdiction restraining the supposed anti-graft body from inviting or arresting officials of the state”.
The commissioner urged the EFCC to “respect the rule of law by abiding by the subsisting court ruling”.
He added: “The options available to EFCC is to either grant the arrested state officials administrative bail or charge them to court, if they had breached the law.”
Ogunsuyi said the EFCC allegedly ignored the government’s repeated petitions to investigate the previous administration, “despite incontrovertible evidences”.
Ekiti State Exco condemned what Ogunsuyi said was “the lopsided policies of the Federal Government, which were skewed towards developing only All Progressives Congress (APC) states at the expense of other states of the federation perceived to be stronghold of opposition”.
It claimed this was “a result of political intolerance and ignorance of the part of the Federal Government”.