The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has levelled accusations against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He said the commission is shopping for evidence against him.
He also purported that the agency had started coercing witnesses in order to implicate him on trumped-up charges levelled against him upon the expiration of his tenure on October 15.
The governor in a letter dated October 10 had addressed the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, alleged the commission had invited one Maroun Mecheleb in order to create a false statement thereby implicating him in the process.
The letter entitled, “Stop coercing witnesses”, read, “I have always been made to know that the statutory functions and powers of your Commission are neither to persecute nor compromise the integrity of your Commission.
“Permit me to stress that, a situation where a prospective witness is being induced or coerced to change his earlier statement by the operatives of the Commission is nothing but persecution.
“Therefore, it is important to bring to your notice that I am aware of your desperate efforts in the last 48 hours to procure evidence by hook or crook to ‘nail’ me”.
He continued, “Specifically, I know as a fact that your Commission has been doing everything possible to induce and or coerce Mr Maroun Azeez Mecheleb Sam to make false statement to implicate me (when he appears in your office at noon today 11/10/2018) as a foundation for you to concoct trumped up charges against me notwithstanding the fact that the said Mr. Maroun who only returned to Nigeria in the last three weeks had earlier made two statements in Charge No. FRN vs. Abiodun Agbele and Ors. Copies extracted from the earlier proof of evidence are attached for ease of reference.
“Regardless, I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 16th October 2018”.