The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has written the Nigeria customs service, asking the agency to outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on its watch list and also prevent him from leaving Nigeria.
Fayose, whose tenure ends on October 15, is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged abuse of office, money laundering, among others.
The anti-graft agency said in the September 12 letter that Ayo Fayose poses a flight risk and may leave the country via land borders, airports or even seaports.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC, told the Customs headquarters in Abuja Mr Fayose is under probe for conspiracy, abuse of office, official corruption, theft and money laundering.
The moves by federal authorities to tighten surveillance around Mr Fayose came as the governor was making public appeal to the EFCC that he would turn himself in for probe after leaving office.
The governor recently wrote the anti-graft office, saying he would be available for questioning in the afternoon of October 16, when he would hand over power and consequently lose immunity from criminal prosecution.
Fayose’s prosecution is coming after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the July 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state. Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated Olusola Kolapo to win the election. Fayose is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged abuse of office, money laundering, among others.
It should also be noted that the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, had promised to make himself available to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Governor Fayose disclosed this in a letter dated September 10 and addressed to the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu.
He said he would report at the EFFC office after handing over to the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who will be sworn into office on October 16. The governor explained that several actions of the anti-graft agency, including the freezing of his account and an attempt to secure a temporary forfeiture of his properties indicated that there was a need to answer some questions.
The NCS consequently notified all its commands and formations across the country of the request and recommended immediate and strict compliance in a September 14 memo.
“There is a reasonable suspicion suggesting that he may likely leave the country either through the land borders, airports or seaports in order to evade investigation. Hence, you are kindly requested to watch-list him and arrest him,” read the letter signed by Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC.