The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has unsealed some properties it allegedly linked with former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in Ado Ekiti.
According to reports, men, believed to be EFCC personnel, in a white coloured bus marked BWR 627 AT amd with police protection, on Thursday erased the markings from the building with white paint.
Although the EFCC personnel did not disclose the reason for their action, sources said that the EFCC might not be unconnected with the anti-graft agency’s discovery that the properties were sealed in error.
EFCC had on November 22, 2018, sealed off the properties in different locations in the state capital, marking them with red ink with the inscription: “EFCC: Under Investigation KEEP OFF ABJ-HQ FAFI”.
The buildings include a block of a two-storey commercial complex located opposite the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission; the NTS Event Hall and Hotel, Fajuyi; Our Peoples 104.1FM, Fajuyi; and a building beside Spotless Hotel, GRA, Ado Ekiti.
Others are a twin-building behind the Government House at the GRA; a two-storey commercial building at the Okesa Market; and a petrol filling station.
Fayose had at that time, in a reaction through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, accused the EFCC of sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state under the guise that they were linked to him.
It would be recalled that the two-storey commercial building at Okesa Market; owned by a medical doctor and former member of the State House of Assembly, Dr Samuel Omotoso, which was among the properties sealed was unsealed last year December.
Omotoso had personally removed the EFCC marks on the building, saying his action was consequent upon presentation of documents to EFCC to prove his family ownership of the property.
When contacted on the development, Olayinka said:
“We saw it like that and do not know the rationale behind it. We have not been told anything by the EFCC”.