Are You Waiting For Babachir Lawal To Escape Too? Fayose Queries EFCC
Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State, is doubting the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to fight corruption.
Mr Fayose, in doing so, have thrown questions at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft agency meant to fight monetary crimes in the country.
The questions relates to alleged financial misconducts traced to Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and former director general of National Intelligence (NIA) Agency,Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade.
While Mr Lawal was indicted and sacked for his involvement in the N220 million meant for welfare of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) Oke was suspended over the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies at Ikoyi Tower in Lagos.
The action taken against the two former official who were dealt with in 2017 were the recommendation of a three man investigative panel headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Since their dismissal nothing has been heard of the case until recently when opposition members cited the two case as pointers that the fact that the incumbent government was fighting opposition rather than corruption.
On arraigning the ex-NIA chief, it was discovered that the former spy chief and his wife had already left the country, their whereabout is currently unknown.
A similar scenario had played out when a former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, who voluntarily stepped down from her position left the country in what critics said was a move to avoid prosecution from alleged certificate forgery traced to her.
The former governor is asking why the anti-graft agency has refused to try the former SGF who is currently in the country.
“I have two questions for @officialEFCC, this govt said it was ready to try the former SGF, Babachir Lawal, are they waiting to aid him to travel abroad too?” Fayose asked while tweeting on Thursday.
“If they claimed Ex-NIA boss, Oke and his wife escaped abroad, has the former SGF escaped too?” he queried.
Last month, the EFCC filed 10 charges bordering on fraud allegations against the former SGF at an Abuja High Court with a date yet to be arrived at for commencement of trial.
Mr Lawal who is leading the re-election campaign team of the president in the North East is not the only questionable person seeking votes for Buhari. Orji Kalu, a former governor whose arrest was ordered by a court was seen campaigning alongside the president. The wanted former governor is leading the campaign train of the president in Abia State.
Meanwhile, the APC has promised to forgive those who looted the nation’s treasury should the join their fold.