Fayose arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody till Wed

By Editor on 23/10/2018

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Fayose in court Monday
Fayose in court Monday

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned the immediate-past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, for an alleged fraud of N2.2bn.

Fayose was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos, exactly six days after he bowed out of office as governor.

He was taken to court straight from the custody of the EFCC where he had been detained for questioning after he voluntarily submitted himself on Tuesday, October 16, upon the expiration of his immunity from prosecution.

Dressed in blue jean trousers and a stripped shirt of purple, blue, white and grey colours, Fayose arrived the court premises conveyed by a white EFCC bus accompanied by battle-ready, arms-bearing security operatives.

He was immediately walked into the courtroom presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

Soon after entering the courtroom, Fayose was called up into the dock, where he took his plea on the 11 counts filed against him and his company, Spotless Limited.

He pleaded not guilty on behalf of himself and his firm, Spotless Limited, to the 11 charges bordering on criminal breach of trust, theft and money laundering.

In the charges, the EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014, Fayose “took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

He was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”

In another count, Fayose was accused of “taking control of an aggregate sum of N317,000,000,” which he allegedly deposited into the bank account of Spotless Limited, “a company controlled by you and your family.”

He was also accused of “using an aggregate sum of N1,151,711,573 to acquire chalets 3 and 4; and 5 and 9 of the property situate at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos in the name of JJ Technical Service.”

Fayose was equally accused of purchasing a property at Plot 1504, Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja for N270m from one Rabi Kundili.

Among other allegations, the EFCC further accused Fayose of receiving gratification from a firm, Samchase Nigeria Limited.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, prayed for a trial date and an order remanding Fayose in the prison custody.

However, the defence counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), told Justice Olatoregun that while he agreed with a trial date, he was opposed to the prayer that his client should be remanded in the prison custody.

Agabi said he had already filed a bail application for Fayose and urged the judge to allow the former governor to return to the custody of the EFCC pending the hearing and determination of the bail application.

Justice Olatoregun granted Agabi’s prayer, ordered that Fayose should be remanded in the custody of the EFCC and adjourned till Wednesday, October 24, for the hearing of the bail application.

Source The Punch

Posted 23/10/2018 05:22:07 AM

 

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