The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has replied a claim by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, that the commission lacks the right to investigate him because of immunity currently covering him as a sitting governor.
Fayose had on Monday described the embargo placed on his Zenith Bank account as illegal while stating that he’s entitled to immunity as a result of his position.
Reacting, however, the commission said that the immunity being enjoyed by any governor did not prevent the agency from investigating suspicious movements of money into his accounts.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren who spoke to Vanguard Newspaper, defended the position of the anti-graft agency saying that it has the right to investigate any governor whose account is being used to move funds.
“Immunity does not prevent EFCC from investigating suspicious accounts of those enjoying immunity and Fayose cannot be an exception,” the commission said.
Meanwhile, Sahara Reporters hinted that the suspension of Fayose’s account may not be unconnected to monies he collected from the office of the National Security Advisor (NSA), that are believed to have been stolen funds.
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The former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki together with other top brass of the security agencies, are currently standing trial over the diversion of funds that were meant to be channeled into the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.