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Zenith Bank Officials Allegedly “Begging” Fayose

Zenith Bank Officials Allegedly “Begging” Fayose

Fayose media aide reported on twitter on Thursday showing photos and video of “Zenith Bank Officials” allegedly begging the Ekiti State Governor.

The Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, accused the human rights activist and lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) of nursing a governorship ambition.

In a statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, Olayinka said this was responsible for Falana’s ceaseless attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose.

He said, “Falana is only deceiving the EFCC on Governor Ayodele Fayose’s matter because of his ambition to contest the Ekiti State Governorship election in 2018, thinking that he can achieve what he used the EFCC to achieve against Governor Fayose in 2006 ten years after.”

Olayinka criticised Falana for supporting EFCC’s freezing of Fayose bank account that the commission was empowered to freeze Nigerians bank accounts and secure court orders later.

He said, “Even though this comment coming from Femi Falana ought to have been ignored like we have always done because his hypocrisy has become so legendary that he should no longer be taken seriously by sane minds,  it was shameful that Falana, a Senior Associate Nigeria could say that EFCC can freeze Nigerians bank accounts and obtain a court order later even when Section 34 of the EFCC Act provided that a court order must be obtained (ex-parte) and made available to the bank manager before a bank account can be frozen.”

Court Order is a condition required before a bank account can be frozen and Section 34 of the EFCC Act is very clear on this. It is unambiguous. It presupposes that EFCC cannot freeze the bank account of any Nigerian, no matter the status without first obtaining a court order and making same available to the bank manager.

“This position was also expressed by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday when he ordered the EFCC to pay N12.5m damages to the son of former Governor Murtala Nyako, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako for un­lawful freezing of his account and illegal detention.

“It is therefore strange that a SAN could tell Nigerians that EFCC can carry out an action first and obtain court order to justify the action later.”

Olayinkan advised Falana to be bold enough to declare his ambition “Instead of hiding under human rights activism to perpetrate evil against Ekiti and its people as he has always done.”

“Like we have maintained, this is 2016 and not 2006 that Falana and his criminal collaborators used EFCC to remove governors, Governor Fayose whose impeachment was later declared illegal by the Supreme Court.”


Rev Francis Waive

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