The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has chided the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, for claiming the Commission settled human rights lawyer, Femi Falana with a property seized from embattled former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina.
It had been alleged that Falana bought a N1bn property located at 43 Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, which was seized from Maina. However, Falana had since denied the allegation.
Reacting to the allegation on Monday, Fayose in a statement said it was sad and shameful that Falana can be “cited in such an odious, obscene, and offensive conduct.”
He added that it is not surprising that Falana had taken it upon himself to always defend the EFCC, even when the anti-graft agency acted lawlessly since he is allegedly benefitting from the EFCC.
The EFCC has now replied Fayose, claiming that it is an “attempt by the Ekiti State Governor to impugn the integrity of its Chairman, Ibrahim Magu”.
In a statement that swiftly followed that of Fayose, the Commission described the governor’s allegation as “most irresponsible allegation, coming from a governor of a state”, and asked him to name the “prominent Nigerians’, that the EFCC and Magu supposedly ‘dashed seized properties to curry their favours”.
The statement read in part, “The EFCC does not need to ingratiate discerning Nigerians to win their support. The Commission’s record and the uncommon commitment of Magu to the fight against corruption is the reason why patriots like Falana would openly identify with the Commission.
“Magu and the EFCC did not give out any property, being suspected proceeds of crime, to anybody. The Commission never received any property from Abdulrasheed Maina and could not be compensating people with what does not exist. If Fayose has evidence to the contrary, he is at liberty to call another world press conference to expose all the prominent Nigerians.
“Otherwise, he should face the task of governing Ekiti and the challenge of accounting for his stewardship as his tenure hits the homestretch.”