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Come now, your immunity will be respected, EFCC replies Fayose

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is willing to play host to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Thursday, September 20 instead of ‘immediately after October 16’.

The anti graft agency, which said though the governor still enjoys immunity, nothing will be done to undermine it as he is questioned on issues bothering on investigations affecting him.

The EFCC stated this in a letter signed by its Director of Operations, Umar Mohammed in response to an earlier letter by Fayose, where the governor intimated the agency of his willingness to submit himself for investigations immediately after his tenure ends on October 16.

In the letter with reference number, ‘EFCC/EC/GC/31/2173 dated September 1, 2018, the anti-graft agency urged the governor to feel free to come to the EFCC even before the expiration of his tenure.

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The letter read in part: “I appreciate your sense of duty and responsibility as a law-abiding citizen who wishes to submit himself voluntarily to the due process of the law, more so as your immunity as a governor shall come to an end.

“In view of the above and your request to make yourself available on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to make clarifications on ongoing investigations that affect you, we look forward to receiving you even earlier than October 16, 2018.

“In this regard, we shall be willing to receive you on Thursday, September 20, 2018 without prejudice to your immunity under Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

“Please accept the assurances of the acting chairman’s highest regards.”

Fayose has been under investigation for allegedly receiving over N1.219 billion from a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro for his 2014 election as governor of Ekiti State.

It is believed that funds emanated from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

 

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