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Fayose Kicks As EFCC Says It Has Arrested His Aide

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has arrested two men, who allegedly aided Governor Ayo Fayose to launder part of the cash taken from the Office of the former National Security Officer.
EFCC said Abiodun Agbele, one of the men it arrested, was caught in Lagos while trying to manipulate vital documents relating to some property he had acquired on behalf of Fayose.
 The commission did not give the name of the second person that was arrested.
“It is true that we arrested some men who were fronting for the governor," Spokesperson for EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement.
"They are in our Lagos Office. That is all I can say for now."
 It was learnt that some officials of a bank, which the governor claimed  had helped him with funds to run his election, were also picked up and moved to Abuja by the operatives of the commission.
EFCC began trailing Agbele a few week ago following the commission's claimed that he helped  a former Defence Minister, Musiliu Obanikoro to move some money into Ekiti for the governorship election.
Reacting to the arrest and its wide publication by EFCC, Governor Ayodele Fayose has warned the anti-graft agency to desist from media trial.
He restated that he is not in anyway linked to the diverted arms funds.
Fayose condemned the EFCC for arresting Agbele without first inviting him, saying the arrest is only political.
Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka expressed Fayose’s position in a statement released on Monday.
He said, "There is nothing to celebrate in his arrest if it is not political.
"As already pointed out, Governor Ayodele Fayose does not have anything to do with any fund from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). He has stated how his election was funded and Zenith Bank that he said funded his election has not denied doing so.
"Also, the person said to have been arrested is an adult and will defend himself when the time comes. Subjecting him to media trial as EFCC has been doing since the inception of this government will only give our adversaries momentary sense of joy.
"We await reports of EFCC investigations and we hope that the anti-corruption agency will be civil enough to allow an open and transparent trial in competent court of law and not media trial just to get at Governor Fayose because of his uncompromising stance against the misrule of the APC/Buhari led federal government.
"Whatever stories being circulated by the EFCC and its political allies can at best be regarded as rumour as we were all in Nigeria when Nigerians were told that $700m cash was found in the House of Mrs Diezani Allison Madueke and the story turned out to be lie.
"Finally, like we have maintained, Governor Fayose will remain resolute in making his opinions known on national issues and will not be intimidated."


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