Fayose EFCC accuses Governor of diverting N680m

The anti-graft agency also revealed that its officers are working hard to uncover those who took part in the deal.

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Ekiti State Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose celebrates with supporters after announcing on September 28, 2017 that he will run in the next Nigerian General Elections in 2019 play

Ekiti State Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose celebrates with supporters after announcing on September 28, 2017 that he will run in the next Nigerian General Elections in 2019

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of diverting Ekiti state funds.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the Governor put N680m in a fixed deposit account, adding that the money yields N6m interests monthly.

According to Punch, the EFCC said this in a report, as a result of its investigations into how Ekiti state spent the bailout funds given to it by the Federal Government.

The anti-graft agency also revealed that its officers are working hard to uncover those who took part in the deal.

According to the EFCC report, “A total of N680m was diverted on January 25, 2016. The funds, comprising N200m from the Ekiti State Local Government salary account, N300m from the Ekiti State Pension Account and N180m from the Ekiti State FAAC Account, were first credited into the Consolidated Revenue Account in Zenith Bank on January 25, 2016, and later transferred on the same day into an account called – 2015 MDG-CGS state project – domiciled in Zenith Bank.

“Analysis of the bank statement revealed that the money was later placed in a fixed deposit, where it was yielding a monthly interest of about N6m at a time pensioners and workers in Ekiti State were owed months of unpaid entitlements.”

“The detained Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance and its Accountant-General committed to assisting the commission with relevant documents before they were granted administrative bail and ordered to report back in two weeks,” it added.

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Meanwhile, the Ekiti state Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant-General, Yemisi Owolabi were released by the EFCC after spending 12 days in detention.

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