By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi
The Economic and Financial has arrested a close aide of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.
EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren confirmed his arrest to Daily Sun yesterday night.
He said Agbele was arrested in Lagos.
Asked when Agbele would be charged to court, Uwujaren replied: “He has just been arrested. It is premature to talk of charging him to court now.”
The governor’s spokesperson, Lere Olayinka also confirmed the arrest.
In a statement sent to Premium Times, Olayinka said: “We wish to say that we encouraged the EFCC to carry out its investigations without politics, as it is being done now.
“It must be pointed out that at no time was Agbele invited by the EFCC, and, if he had been invited, he would have honoured the invitation. Therefore, there is nothing to celebrate in his arrest if it is not political. As already pointed out, Governor Ayodele Fayose does not have anything to do with any fund from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). He has stated how his election was funded and a bank that he said funded his election has not denied doing so. Also, the person said to have been arrested is an adult and will defend himself when the time comes. Subjecting him to media trial as EFCC has been doing since the inception of this government will only give our adversaries momentary sense of joy.
“We await reports of EFCC investigations and we hope that the anti-corruption agency will be civil enough to allow an open and transparent trial in competent court of law and not media trial…”
Last week, Fayose told newsmen in Ekiti that a second generation bank funded his election and not any financial transaction with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
Thereafter, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose claimed the management of the bank “majorly funded my election, called me to a meeting where I was assured that fund will be provided for my election. I was asked to nominate a trusted ally to be related with me and I nominated Mr. Abiodun Agbele…” He said all payments into Agbele’s account were directly from the bank.