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FG to begin Ekitigate probe after Fayose’s tenure

FG to begin Ekitigate probe after Fayose’s tenure

- Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman of the presidential advisory committee against corruption, said Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, should be getting ready for probing after his tenure

- Sagay noted that there is nothing the federal government can do now since Fayose enjoyes immunity as a governor

- He said but as soon as his immunity ends he has to face the trial and consequences of his action

Emerging reports have it that the federal government will begin a comprehensive probe of the Ekitigate scandal in Ekiti state immediately after the tenure of Governor Ayodele Fayose ends in October.

Daily Independent through its presidency source reports that arrangements were in place to ensure that the probe begins immediately Fayose’s immunity expired that is, when he had left office.

According to him, “The Ekitigate scandal has not been forgotten. It is still very fresh and will soon be reopened. What has delayed it is the immunity enjoyed by the major beneficiary of the scandal; that is, Governor Ayo Fayose.

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“Once his tenure expires in October, the federal government will begin a full-scale investigation into the matter, and I can assure you that all those found culpable will be brought to justice.”

“I don’t think the governor will flee on account of that. On most occasions, he has claimed he has nothing to hide on the Ekitigate issue, so why should he flee?

“Even if he wants to, security agents in the country will do their job. Don’t forget what happened in the case of Dino Melaye when he was stopped at the airport en route Morocco.”

Also, Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman of the presidential advisory committee against corruption (PACAC), said the probe was inevitable.

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According to him, “It is inevitable. They couldn’t have done much when Fayose is still governor, because he is free.

“He has immunity, but the money involved is so much over N4.7 billion brought by Obanikoro, according to the story.

“We also have the evidence of the young captain and the Brigadier-General who was in the centre of it all.

“That is not a story one can sleep over. As soon as his immunity ends, he has to face the trial and consequences of his action. Not only him; everybody involved has to be brought to justice.”

Meanwhile, had reported that Minister of solid mineral development Kayode Fayemi declared that Fayose and his jokes would soon end in jail.

Fayemi responded to the issues raised against him by Fayose saying that the governor is cooking up a white paper that he can shop around with a view to getting him banned from public office.

He said: ''I am always unequivocal in my view about him as a misfit and a rabble-rouser who has not learnt anything from his previous travails after being thrown out of office in 2006.

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