Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Government on Thursday berated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the “unlawful” detention of its officials.
The Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, were released on Wednesday after spending 14 days in the custody of the anti-agency. They were quizzed over alleged mismanagement of state funds.
Addressing a crowd at the reception organised for the duo at Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade, said the government and people of the state won’t thank the EFCC.
According to him, the two officials were arrested to intimidate and harass Governor Ayodele Fayose.
“Today, October 12, is exactly two weeks that they were unlawfully arrested, incarcerated and subjected to mental, emotional and physical torture by the agents of darkness called the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for no just cause in an attempt to harass, oppress and intimidate our Governor and Our dear state.
“We have no thanks to them for releasing the government officials as we know it is not in their character to do so, except for the intervention of God and the judiciary.
“Those who plunged our state into debt are walking freely on the streets while EFCC is looking the other way despite available and verifiable evidence against them.”
Kolade stated that the EFCC’s action was borne out of injustice, wickedness and high-handedness being perpetrated on Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular on regular basis by the commission, its co-travelers and their task-masters in their desperation to retain their jobs.
“The question to ask is that; what is the allocation coming to Ekiti from the federation account and who are those that have complained to the EFCC on missing fund in Ekiti?
“So many corruption cases such as the NNPC-Baru/Kachikwu cases are being swept under the carpet. Interestingly, it is the Federal Government that is busy defending Baru rather than calling on EFCC to investigate fully.
“Obviously, the EFCC is presently behaving as a pet dog on allegations of corruption against allies of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) while acting as a lion when it involves perceived political enemies of the President.”
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