Publish Assets Recovered from Looters, Fayose Tells EFCC

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 24, 2018

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state says the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has allayed some of his fears concerning the July 14 governorship election in the state by answering positively some of the questions he posed to it.

"How are we now sure that the same people who re-looted the recovered pension loots have not also looted the recovered properties the President said will be sold?'"

Fayose who fielded questions from journalists after the meeting, said he was there to seek clarifications on election-related issues in view of the "bragging disposition of the opposition figures" in his state ahead of the coming elections.

Fayose was reacting to recent claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration will sell off all assets recovered from those found guilty of stealing public funds before leaving power.

In a statement on Wednesday, Fayose also asked the government to publish the names of owners of the properties before its purported plan to sell them. "Nigerians want details, not propaganda because most of these properties have been sold and resold".

He said, "On November 23, 2017, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, the Chairman of the Senate committee investigating the botched reinstatement and promotion of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions, Ibrahim Maina told Nigerians on the floor of the Senate that nearly all the exotic properties recovered from alleged looters of Pension Funds had already been re-looted by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)".

The governor said it will hard to trust the EFCC reports on recovered looted funds and properties.

Continuing, he said: "The federal government can not continue to tell Nigerians stories without background".

"Last year November also, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), while testifying before the National Assembly alleged that one of the properties recovered from the alleged looters of Pension Funds was already sold to a Lagos lawyer".

The governor who described himself as a man of his words and action said he had gone through the whole process with the Commission, including what to expect from INEC, and they have promised not to descend to the arena.

"Many people were blackmailed and coerced to surrender their properties". What will now happen to the lies told against those people? Nigerians need to know the recovered properties sold by Ibrahim Magu's predecessor, Ibrahim Lamorde and other previous EFCC chairmen.

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