THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, confirmed the arrest of a personal aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr Abiodun Agbele, in connection with the probe into the financing of Fayose’s election.
Spokesperson of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, told the Nigerian Tribune that he was arrested in Lagos, on Monday, after failing to honour the commission’s invite.
Abiodun is alleged to be involved in the distribution of campaign fund from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Dasuki Sambo (retd), to finance Fayose’s election.
The campaign fund was allegedly from the fund appropriated for arms to fight insurgency in the North-East.
Sources close to the suspect had claimed that Abiodun was in Lagos preparatory to his appearance at the commission today, before his arrest on Monday.
The source, who is a lawyer, told the Nigerian Tribune that Abiodun had nothing to fear, hence his decision to honour the commission’s invite.
According to him, Abiodun moved to Lagos from Ekiti State mainly to appear at the commission today.
Uwujaren, however, debunked the claim of the suspect planning to honour the summon issued on him.
He claimed that Abiodun spurned the summon issued on him to appear for questioning, which made his arrest inevitable.
He was reportedly picked up by operatives of the commission and being detained at the Lagos facility of the commission as of press time.
He is likely to be moved to Abuja today for the commencement of his interrogation.
Reacting to the development, Ekiti State government, in a statement entitled: “Arrest of Mr Abiodun Agbele by the EFCC” charged the commission to be apolitical in its operations and in the handling of the matter.
In the statement signed by Lere Olayinka, Special Assistant, Public Communications and New Media to the Governor, the government said “we encourage the EFCC to carry out its investigations without politics as it is being done now.”
According to the statement, “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.
“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.”