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BREAKING: Fayose Writes EFCC Again, Says ‘I Am Not Planning To Run Away’

Again, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), affirming his readiness to make himself available at the commission's Abuja office on October 16, 2018 at 1pm.
In a copy of the letter obtained by our correspondent, Fayose faulted "hate prejudice, persecution and partiality already demonstrated by the commission."
The governor however said should the EFCC be so much in a hurry that its investigation cannot await October 16, 2018, which the first day after the expiration of his tenure, "without prejudice to Section 308 of the Constitution, I will be willing to answer questions from your team of investigators should they be willing to meet me in my office
in Ado Ekiti on the 20th September 2018" indicated in the EFCC's
letter dated September 13, 2018.
Governor Fayose
said the letter written by the EFCC to the Customs and other agencies,
directing them to watch-list him and arrest him if he attempted to
leave Nigeria before the expiration of his tenure raised serious
question about the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the
Commission.
He reminded the EFCC that "in 2007, precisely on the 19th day of
December, I willingly presented myself for EFCC investigation at your
Lagos office," adding that "There is therefore nothing new or strange
in my letter of 10th September 2018 which has been received and
treated in bad faith and taste. I thought I was assisting due and fair
process of law."
The letter dated September 14, 2018 read: "As a responsible citizen of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who currently enjoys immunity under
Section 308 of the Constitution, it would amount to a breach of the
Constitution which I swore to uphold if I appear in your office on any
date earlier than 16th October 2018. If done otherwise, it will set a
wrong precedent for the Constitutional Institution that I represent.
"I carefully chose that date (October 16, 2018) being the next day
after the expiration of my tenure upon which the immunity I enjoy will
lapse to avoid any form of insinuation and was in good faith.
"While drafting my response to yours of 14th September 2018, my
attention was drawn to your widely publicized letter of 12th September
2018 to the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service and similar
agencies, directing them to watch-list and arrest me on an imagination
that I might leave Nigeria to escape investigation. It has finally put
in context, your Commission's hurriedly deleted on-line statement vide
EFCC Nigeria @OfficialEFCC a day after the Ekiti governorship election
that: "The parri is over; the clock of immunity turn apart, and the
staff broken. Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project/Biological Concepts
Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon."
"Your Commission by its actions, no doubt has presumed my 'quilt' even
prior to the commencement of "investigation". This raises serious
question about the impartiality, independence or neutrality of the
Commission in the matter. I feel harassed, intimidated and embarrassed
by the imputation of crime and the innuendos of criminality
underlining your correspondence which has been maliciously circulated
widely. This in all implies a case of persecution rather than
prosecution.
"While I have handed a copy of your letter to my Solicitors for a
careful study and advice, let me state here for the records, that
there is nothing about me or my antecedents, as a long standing public
figure to justify the Commission's action. I have never been a coward
or criminal.
"You may wish to recall that in 2007, precisely on the 19th day of
December, I willingly presented myself for EFCC investigation at your
Lagos office. There is therefore nothing new or strange in my letter
of 10th September 2018 which has been received and treated in bad
faith and taste. I thought I was assisting due and fair process of
law.
"Notwithstanding the demonstrated hate and prejudice, I reaffirm my
willingness to make myself available to answer questions within my
knowledge on the day you may indicate after expiration of my term of
office on the 15th October 2018. If for any good reasons, your
investigation cannot await the date suggested in my earlier letter,
without prejudice to Section 308 of the Constitution, I will be
willing to answer questions from your team of investigators should
they be willing to meet me in my office in Ado Ekiti on the 20th
September 2018 indicated in yours.
"Save as above, I will appreciate any date convenient to you after
15th October 2018, otherwise, expect me on the 16th October 2018 at
1pm as earlier stated.

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