The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has responded to a letter by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, asking the outgoing governor to appear at the anti-graft agency’s office on Monday, September 20.
The EFCC letter dated September 1, and signed by Umar Mohammed, EFCC’s Director of Operations, was in response to an initial letter written by Governor Fayose, who notified the commission of his willingness to voluntarily submit himself for investigation after his tenure ends on October 16.
The anti-graft agency in the letter applauded the Governor for being ready to willingly appear and cooperate with its operatives on matters that may require his attention.
The EFCC, however, requested that Governor Fayose comes to their headquarters on Monday rather than waiting for the expiration of the immunity that he enjoys as an executive political official, adding that it would not impair his immunity.
The letter partly read, “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 is currently under investigation for allegedly receiving over N1.219bn from a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 Ekiti governorship election which he won.