Images of Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose at a foreign beach has got many talking on social media with some asking whether the ex-governor, who is facing trial over alleged N6.9 billion fraud is truly on medical vacation.
Fayose was granted permission to travel abroad for medical treatment on two occasions by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos as his case was adjourned to January 16, 2020, for the continuation of trial.
However, some Nigerians took to Twitter; few hours after Fayose’s pictures flooded the internet to question the genuineness of his sojourn oversea for medical treatment while others called the attention of the Court that granted his application to reconsider its position on resumption of trial in January 2020.
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Fayose, a strong critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and the governing APC is being prosecuted alongside a firm, Spotless Limited.
In the charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Fayose was accused of taken N1.2 billion to fund his 2014 gubernatorial campaign where he defeated the incumbent Kayode Fayemi.
The ex-governor was also alleged to have “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”
He however pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.
Fayose turned himself in at then Wuse Zone 2 Office of the EFCC on October 16th 2018, the day he completed his tenure as Governor of Ekiti State.
Accompanied by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and a crowd of supporters, Fayose, wearing a T-Shirt with the inscription ‘EFCC I’m Here’ with a packed bag said he was prepared to be detained.
Fayose was later released from EFCC custody two weeks after he perfected his bail conditions and his trial resumed on November 22, 2018.
He was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Olatotegun alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd, on an 11-count charge.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on Oct. 24, 2018, in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.
The defendant was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Aneke on July 2, after the case was withdrawn from Justice Olatoregun, following EFCC’s petition on unsatisfactory handling of the case.
Fayose also pleaded not guilty to the charges and was allowed to enjoy his bail while the case was adjourned until Nov. 28 for trial.
The trial, however, could not progress as slated as the court did not sit and a new date has yet to be fixed for the trial.
At the last three adjournments, EFCC had called Lawrence Akande, Abiodun Oshode and Johnson Abidakun to testify as prosecution witnesses.
In the charge sheet, Fayose and Agbele were said to have taken possession of N1.2 billion on June 17, 2014 for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election campaign in Ekiti, an amount which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.
Fayose was also alleged to have received a cash payment of five million dollars, (about N1.8 billion) from Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of Defence without due process.
The former governor was also accused of illegally retaining N300 million and taken control of the aggregate sum of N622 million without due process.
Fayose was alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd and Still Earth Ltd, to retain the aggregate sums of N851 million.
The EFCC also accused him of having used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja.
The main defendant (Fayose) was also alleged to have used N200 million to acquire a property in Abuja in the name of his elder sister, Moji Oladeji.
The anti-graft body said the offences contravened sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.