The government of Ekiti state has described the decision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to appeal the Abuja Federal High Court judgment of Wednesday, July 21, 2016 as vendetta and clear wickedness against Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The court had granted the governor’s ally, Mr Abiodun Agbele, bail and awarding N5 million damages in his favour after it slammed the EFCC for exhibiting high handednes in Agbele’s detention.
The government said it was curious that for the first time, EFCC was appealing against a judgment that merely enforced the fundamental rights of Agbele by granting him bail in accordance with the laws of the country.
“It is now obvious that all that the EFCC desired is to incarcerate Mr Agbele indefinitely just because he is linked with Governor Fayose, who the EFCC and its APC collaborators desired to silence at all cost.
“We are not surprised by this ignoble action of the EFCC because we know that Governor Fayose is their target.
“That was the same way they placed the governor on travel ban and invaded the state House of Assembly with men of the Department of State Service (DSS) to force the governor’s removal.
“Justice Olukayode Adeniyi clearly frowned at the EFCC’s arbitrary abuse of power and unlawful detention of Mr Agbele without arraigning him in court of competent jurisdiction in line with the constitution and we wonder what the EFCC will be appealing and filing stay of execution against.
“We wonder the sense in keeping an accused in EFCC custody indefinitely while the anti-corruption agency goes about looking for evidences to prosecute him.
“If the EFCC is sure of the evidences that it claimed to have, what is the need for keeping Mr Agbele in detention?
“Why not take him to court? And what interest is the EFCC serving by standing against a court ruling that granted conditional bail to an accused person?” Lere Olayinka, special assistant to the governor on public communications and new media, said.