Ikoyi uncovered funds: Fayose faults NIA’s ownership claims

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[Ekiti]–Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State Governor, has alleged that the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are conspiring to sweep the matter of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m cash recovered at Osborne Towers in Lagos under the carpet.

In a statement signed on Saturday by the governor himself, he queried, “It was made public that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) claimed ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos.

“If truly the NIA was carrying out a “covert operation” as claimed, was President Muhammadu Buhari not briefed of the so-called “covert operation” when he took over power?”

“This, to my mind, is one cover-up too many and this federal government’s seeming plot to protect the original owner of both the money and the apartment where it was found has further shown that the anti-corruption fight is political, selective and therefore a ruse.”

“Nigerians should recall that I have consistently maintained that the APC-led federal government was not fighting any corruption.

The governor accused the Federal Government of using the anti-corruption fight as a major political tool to cripple opposition and turn the country to a one party state.

He thereafter advised the Federal Government to stop making fools of Nigerians as Nigerians as expected are already asking questions.

“who is the owner of the apartment in which the money was found? Does the apartment also belong to the NIA? If the apartment belongs to the NIA, when was it bought and from whom?” he asked further.

He further described the cash recovery as a movie script.

“As for me, the script being acted on this discovered cash is a cover-up that will mar the EFCC and the federal government. It is a movie well scripted for some alawada (comedians) but acted so badly.

“It is case of a dog that has been eating other people’s children to the admiration of its owner suddenly attacking the beloved son of the owner’s friend and they are now trying to cover-up the dog owner.

“It is a major test of the integrity of the APC federal government’s so-called anti-corruption fight, and the earlier the proponents of the cover-up plot come back to their normal senses and tell Nigerians who owns the apartment in which the money was found, the better for them.”

“If the apartment does not belong to the NIA, from whom and when was it rented? How could a whistle-blower be aware of movement of money into one out of many apartments in a building without knowing the owner of the apartment?” He questioned.




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