The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state of using thugs to prevent the arrest of a woman who it claimed attempted to withdraw money from an account containing illicit cash.
The anti-graft agency had placed the Access Bank account on Post No Debit category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into it.
The woman, described in some reports as the wife of Chief Femi Fani Kayode and her child, were reportedly detained by the EFCC.
But the commission, in a late statement Monday, denied detaining any one, while also revealing the role of Governor Fayose in frustrating the arrest.
The spokesman of the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren accused Fayose of storming the bank with thugs to stop the arrest.
“Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today [Monday] attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.
“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified. But because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.
Fayose stormed bank with thugs – EFCC
“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state.
“He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.
“The said account, which had a balance of N 2,307,712.82, was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced N1.1billion to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode.
“It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283) for Sonia Chikwendu.
“The same BVN is linked to two other accounts in Diamond bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank.”