- A PDP chieftain has accused the EFCC of disrespecting him for parading him like a thief
- Clement Faboyede made the complain while appearing before Justice Saliu Saidu
- The politician is facing trial for allegedly laundering N500million in the build-up to the 2015 general election
A former Ondo state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Clement Faboyede, on Tuesday, October 6 complained to a Federal High Court in Lagos that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) paraded him like a thief in 2016.
He testified during his trial for allegedly laundering N500million in the build-up to the 2015 general election.
The defendant, alongside one Modupe Adetokunbo, were accused of receiving cash from a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Owolanke Michael months before the 2015 general elections.
They are facing three counts of money laundering before Justice Saliu Saidu.
At the resumption of proceedings, Faboyede was led in evidence by his lawyer, Usman Shamshudeen.
The defendant told the judge that an operative of the EFCC, Zakari Usman, compelled him to make some refunds as a condition for administrative bail.
Faboyede said he and Adetokunbo were received and quizzed by Zakari on December 8, 2016, at the EFCC office in Lagos.
“Zakari’s first statement to us was that ‘you guys stole N500million and you are thieves.’
“They then confronted us with a paper receipt issued by myself and the second defendant, in relation to the N500million paid to us on behalf of the PDP Ondo state chapter at Fidelity Bank, Akure, which our party asked us to collect for the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections for Ondo state logistics.
“Zakari said he wanted the money back. Thereafter, he handed us over to Mrs Oluwatoyin Ige, who took our statements.
“They paraded us like thieves before cameras, taking shots, asking us to march in a file and brought us to court. The humiliation was too much. It was on the Internet, everywhere in the whole world. Before we knew it, we were at Ikoyi Prison for 22 days.”
Justice Saidu adjourned till Wednesday, November 16, for final addresses in the trial-within-trial.
Meanwhile, the EFCC says it has recovered over N4.16 billion unremitted funds from lottery companies in the country.
The acting chairman of the EFCC, Mohammed Umar Abbah, in a statement issued on Thursday, September 24, disclosed this while receiving a delegation from the ministerial taskforce for the recovery of unpaid revenues from the lottery businesses.
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