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16 Apr 2017

Governor Fayose Reveals Why EFCC Will Continue To Lose Cases(Read What He Said)

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), will continue to lose cases
because the anti-graft agency arrests people
“without proper and thorough investigation”.

In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose went on to condemn the continued detention of former
Governors of Benue and Niger States, Gabriel Suswam and Babangida Aliyu.

He said their detention showed the disrespect for the law by the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC).

“It is even more worrisome that former Governor
Suswam has been in detention since February 26 this year and Austin Okai, who was arrested in
Abuja last Sunday, was arraigned in Lokoja Magistrate Court on Thursday, granted bail and rearrested at the court premises by the same
police that charged him to court.

“Arresting people without proper and thorough
investigation is the reason EFCC continues lose its cases. How can you arrest someone, put him
in detention and start looking for evidence to prosecute him?

“On Wednesday, the Department of State Services came up with the most ridiculous reason for
keeping Suswam in detention since February. The
service said it would not release the former governor because he has failed to cooperate with
investigators. The question is; what cooperation
does the DSS need from someone that will
require him being kept in detention for close to
two months without charging him to court?

“One may also ask: is the DSS also keeping the head of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement, Ibrahim El- Zakzaky, who has been in detention since late
2015 despite that the court ruled that he should be released?

“Are we back to the era of Decree 2 of 1984 when the National Security Organisation had powers to arrest and detain Nigerians indefinitely?

“Also, for what lawful reason would the Police
charge Austin Okai to court and rearrest him at
the court premises after he was granted bail?
Isn’t the brutish use of power by these APC elements getting too much?”

Fayose also insisted that the EFCC had no right
to detain any Nigerian without trial.
“Most importantly, it is assumed that before
anyone can be arrested for alleged corruption, the
EFCC ought to have done its job by gathering
necessary facts.
“This practice of EFCC arresting Nigerians,
detaining them indefinitely so that they can give
indicting evidences against themselves is alien to
crime investigation in civilised world.

“Therefore, if EFCC has any evidence of corruption against Dr Babangida Aliyu, the
commission should simply charge him to court and use the evidence(s) to prosecute him.

“In the absence of this, he should be released forthwith; else one will also believe the
insinuation that the EFCC is holding him (Babangida) as part of the APC-led Federal
Government clampdown on anyone that is perceived as having presidential ambition in

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