Fayose Gives New Cars to Commissioners, AG After Release by EFCC

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has fulfilled his promise to reward the recently released Finance Commissioner, Toyin Ojo, and the state Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, with new cars.

The governor handed over the keys to new Kia Rio cars shortly after a thanksgiving service to mark his third anniversary in office at the Government House.

The officials were released on Wednesday after spending 14 days in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. They were quizzed for alleged mismanagement of state funds.

Fayose said the duo deserved to be so rewarded for “enduring maltreatment, harassment, intimidation and oppression from the EFCC.”

Alleging that their arrest was illegal because only the state’s House of Assembly could raise questions about Ekiti financial status, he said the government would sue EFCC for acting beyond its powers.

“The constitution of Nigeria does not empower the EFCC to arrest state officials over alleged graft. That function belongs to our state House of Assembly. We will sue the EFCC for this illegality, pursue the case to a logical conclusion and get damages for this ill-treatment.

“The constitution of Nigeria is supreme and has overriding influence over any government parastatal such as the EFCC.”