Mrs Moji Ladeji, the sister of Ekiti State’s governor, Ayodele Fayose, is now wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an Abuja mansion, which is suspected to belong to Fayose.
The house, located at 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, is said to be worth N200 million.
Documents filled in court by the EFCC, indicates that the house was bought by Fayose but the title documents bear the name of Mrs Ladeji.
This, according to the EFCC, was a clever means to cover the ownership of the house, which it claimed was bought with proceeds of corrupt practices.
Sources however said Mrs Ladeji, who is resident in the United Kingdom, has some explanation to make on her role in the alleged scam.
A source in the EFCC said the the agency needs to question her to determine her level of involvement.
It would be recalled that the EFCC had, in the process of investigating the N1.219 billion Fayose allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser, frozen his bank accounts and also placed a temporary seizure order on a number of his properties.
It was alleged that the properties were acquired with funds received from state government contractors as kickbacks.
The counter affidavit filled by the EFCC in court to challenge Fayose’s suit against the seizure of his properties and freezing of his accounts, partly reads: “The applicant (Fayose) also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situated at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kickbacks.
“Apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1,219,490,000.00, being part of the N4,745,000,000.00, stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser, the applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kickbacks from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd., Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd., Hoff Concept Ltd. and Calibre Consulting Limited.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews….
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