– The EFCC has intensified investigation into the N1.35billion property scandal against Governor Ayodele Fayose – The governor’s associate and three others were grilled for more than eight hours in connection with the deal – Some of Fayose’s emissaries tried to cover up for him, pleading with the companies involved in the purchase to lie Abiodun Agbele, an associate to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and three other people were interrogated for more than eight hours by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, July 8. They were said to have been invited by the commission in connection with the N1.35billion property scandal against Governor Fayose, The Nation reports.
Agebele has been in detention for about two weeks and the three other people were invited to either corroborate or respond to his revelations over the property scandal. You are already aware that Agbele has been in detention in the past two weeks. He has made some confessions, but we need to invite those he wired money into their accounts.
So, we have invited a businesswoman, an accountant and an estate consultant. We had an interactive session with these professionals for about eight hours. It took time because it was a ‘tell-all’ session.” The source said all relevant bank statements on how Agbele used the account of his company, De-Privateer, to pay for the four duplexes on Tiamiyu Savage Street on Victoria Island has been retrieved and there is no doubt the properties were acquired on Fayose’s behalf.
Report has it that some of Fayose’s emissaries have pleaded with the companies involved in the purchase of the four duplexes in Lagos to tell the EFCC that the money wired into their accounts was a loan.
Another source added: “These emissaries persuaded the companies to lie to the EFCC that the N1.35billion was a refund of the loan given to Fayose’s associate. But the affected firms refused to buy into the script of the governor’s emissaries. Instead, the companies released the details of the transactions in line with their commitment to business fidelity. “The companies said they cannot go to the EFCC with fairy tales of a loan facility in order to obstruct investigation. The emissaries, who felt disappointed, also threatened to deal with the owners of these companies.” Two weeks ago, the personal account of Governor Fayose was frozen by the commission over supposed money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion considered to be part of the N4.7 billion slush funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Investigation by the anti-graft agency showed how the governor purchased N1.35billion properties under six months in office. The five properties bought by Fayose were four duplexes in Lagos and one in Abuja, the federal capital territory. The payment for the duplexes was wired into three accounts as follows: FCMB belonging to Siqnachor (0519693019), First Bank of Nigeria (1000070240) and Zenith Bank (1014016919) of Still Earth Limited.