EFCC Probes Fayemi Over Alleged N4bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating a former governor of Ekiti state over alleged misappropriation of N4 billion.

EFCC Probes Fayemi Over Alleged N4bn Fraud
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The ex-governor is at the zonal command of the anti-graft agency in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

According to a report by TheCable, Fayemi arrived at the EFCC facility at about 10am on Thursday.

The probe is said to be connected to the handling of funds during his tenure as governor of Ekiti state.

Fayemi, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was governor of the state from 2018 to 2022. He handed over to Biodun Oyebanji after the latter won the governorship election in June 2022.

The former governor had reportedly written the EFFC seeking to delay his invitation over the alleged misappropriation of funds.

He was said to have requested a postponement due to his participation in the launch of two books in honour of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fayemi was quoted as saying that as one of the organisers of the launch, he was bound to be present at the event.

Shortly before May 29, the EFCC had said it intends to go after then-outgoing governors and other public officials.

In reaction, Bello Matawalle, former governor of Zamfara, said the probes “must be holistic and not selective”.

Matawalle, who lost his reelection bid to Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the probe should be “all-embracing and cover all officers”.

“I demand that the EFCC chair extend similar invitations to officers of the Presidency and members of the Federal Executive Council, which is the highest tier of government in the country,” the former governor said.

In response, the anti-graft agency said the ex-governor is being investigated for allegedly diverting N70 billion meant for contracts in Zamfara.

Matawalle subsequently made an allegation of a request for inducement against Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairperson of the EFCC.

The anti-graft agency had asked Matawalle to go beyond the allegation by providing proof of his claim.

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