The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC indicated that the former Governor to Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose will be tried in Lagos.
The commission stated that Fayose would be transferred to Lagos State where he will be tried in a Federal Court. The EFCC said that Fayose was served his charges in Abuja and he will be transported to Lagos for trial.
The EFCC is charging Fayose for money laundering for receiving over N1. 2 billion and over $5 million from the office of the National-Security Agency. However, the ex-Governor had denied receiving any money and said he only knew Obanikoro as someone who alongside his associate helped him acquire certain properties in Lagos and Abuja.
Fayose had always maintained his innocence, and that he never collected any money from anybody. His media aide, lere Olayinka said that the EFCC had no evidence against his boss as he would have been in court by now if they had any evidence.
Olayinka also accused the EFCC of working for their paymaster to keep Fayose out of circulation, especially with the upcoming election.
“With the deafening noise that they made about the evidence of corruption in their possession and even going by the EFCC ignoble tweet of July 15, 2018, in which the commission expressed its readiness to prosecute the former governor immediately he no longer enjoyed immunity, Nigerians had expected that by now, he will be facing trial in court,” he had said in a statement.
“However, because the EFCC does not have any evidence against Fayose, the commission has opted to keep him in detention so as to satisfy its paymasters whose major agenda is ‘Fayose must be kept out of circulation by whatever means.
It is believed that the EFCC had set up a number of witnesses to speak against Fayose and one of the is Masiliu Obanikoro.