Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:32

12 Days After, EFCC Frees Ekiti Officials Amidst Allegations Of Witch-hunt

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Twelve days after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Ekiti State’s Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and Accountant-General, Yemisi Owolabi, the commission Wednesday confirmed the release of both officials. The officials were arrested by operatives of the anti-corruption agency in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on September 28, same day that Governor Ayodele Fayose officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election, raising widespread speculations and direct accusations of political motivation.

Fayose had swiftly reacted to the arrest, describing it as a calculated attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari’s men to scuttle his presidential ambition owing to their recognition of the enormous threat he posed to the president’s 2019 hopes. As the detention of the officials lingered, there were growing calls for their release, with concerns expressed about possible abuse of power.

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