The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the Nigeria customs service to place outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on its watch list and prevent him from leaving Nigeria.
Governor Fayose’s tenure ends on October 16 and he is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged abuse of office and money laundering.
The EFCC, in a letter dated September 12, and addressed to the comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs said Fayose may be planning to run away from the country.
There is a reasonable suspicion suggesting that he may likely leave the country either through the land borders, airports or seaports in order to evade investigation. Hence, you are kindly requested to watch-list him and arrest him,” read the letter signed by Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the EFCC.
In its response, the customs instructed all zonal coordinators, area commanders and comptrollers to monitor Fayose.
“Consequently, you are requested to monitor the subject and report to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through the provided contact details if sighted,” the customs wrote in a letter dated September 14.
Fayose had on Tuesday, September 10 wrote EFCC over the freezing of his accounts and also expressed his intention to submit himself for probe after his handing over.
The anti-graft agency in response to the outgoing governor’s letter had instructed Mr Fayose to make himself available for questioning on Thursday, September 20, 2018, instead of waiting till the handover as governor on October 16.