The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has frozen the personal bank account of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.
Speaking at the premises of Zenith Bank, Ado-Ekiti, where he had his personal account, Fayose claimed that he had been hinted of the plans by the Presidency to freeze his account some days earlier.
He described the action as illegal and while citing section 308 of the 1999 constitution, the governor stated that the federal government should fight corruption within the ambit of the law, since he enjoys immunity as a sitting governor.
“I got mind of the fact that the EFCC had placed restriction order on my personal account and that of my associates. I came here today and I have been able to see it. This action shows that this government has no respect for the constitution because I enjoy immunity under Section 308.
“I support government fighting corruption, but it has to be within the ambit of the law. You can investigate me, it is their right, but they have to wait till 2018, because I will be done by then. They should not be in a hurry because I will personally come to them for investigation.
“I have become figure in this country that I don’t have anywhere to run to. This rascality of EFCC must stop. If they like, let them investigate the whole world. Is it because they are sitting government now that nobody can ask them question? We will take every legal procedure to get things right.
“I am not leaving this bank until they give meant statement of account. They must put it into writing because EFCC has no right under the law to freeze my account.
“They did not communicate me. They want to destabilize the state and we will use all legal means to make them obey the constitution. They can investigate me, but they can’t coerce me.”
The spokesperson of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, speaking to Vanguard, said the agency has the right to freeze the accounts in spite of the immunity the governor enjoys under the constitution.
Uwujaren said the immunity being enjoyed by any governor doesn’t prevent the commission from investigating suspicious movements of money into his accounts.
“Immunity does not prevent EFCC from investigating suspicious accounts of those enjoying immunity and Fayose cannot be an exception, “he said Fayose’s account with Zenith bank was frozen by EFCC today June 20th.