No fewer than fourteen buildings allegedly linked to the immediate past Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose have been marked for investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The properties, which spread across the Ado Ekiti, the state capital were marked “EFCC Under investigation. Keep off. ABJ- HQ, FAFI”.
The properties include, a twin- two stories building located directly opposite Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission Basiri, Iyin road, NTS Event Hall and Hotels, opposite State High Court Complex, a bungalow beside Spotless Hotel, Onigari GRA.
Others are a twin-two stories housing a private radio station ” Peoples 104.1 FM located at the Fajuyi Park area of the state capital, beside Ekiti State Fire Service headquarters, another twin duplexes with elevated fence, covering over four plots located at the Government Reservation Area (GRA) in Ado Ekiti.
A two-stories building located at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium area. Okesa and a petrol station still under construction at Irons end of Atikankan in Ado Ekiti.
Fayose is currently being tried at the Federal High Court, Lagos by the anti-graft agency over alleged financial fraud.
When journalists visited the marked buildings, some still opened for businesses, some still under construction, while others are still under lock and keys with contractors on them not available.
The station manager of Our People’s FM, Mr Layi Oyawa who spoke to newsmen on the ownership of the station, said the property was not sealed but under investigation.
“The organisation is registered under Ijenu Nigeria Limited. Our Chief Executive Officer is Mr Babatunde Omotoba.
“We have all the necessary documents, papers and the licence to operate”‘, he said.
Also, the Chairman Ekiti Assembly, House committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso whose property was affected said EFCC is against him because of his loyalty to Fayose
Omotoso in statement said, “This attempt to malign my name by EFCC by linking my family property to Dr Ayo Fayose is political and was done in clear bad faith.
“A simple check at the land registry would have put paid to this unnecessary exercise and the accompany media sensation as all documents relating to the joint ownership of the said property by my family is in the public domain”.
Responding, Fayose accused the EFCC of going about sealing houses belonging to innocent people in the state, under the guise that the houses were linked to him.
In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Mr Lere Olayinka, the former governor said he was informing the public ahead of the EFCC’s usual blackmail and media trial.
The statement read; “Just been informed that operatives of the EFCC in collaboration with the APC govt in Ekiti are going about sealing houses of innocent people in the state, under the guise that the houses are linked to me.
“This is another wild goose chase and the usual media campaign against my person.
“It is only in our country that an anti -corruption agency will first go about sealing houses before determining the ownership, which can be done so easily by visiting relevant agencies.
“I am therefore informing the public ahead of their usual blackmail and media trial.
“None of the properties in question is owned by me and the records are there for anyone that is interested to see.
“The EFCC is advised to stop going about looking for ways to malign my person just because of their hatred as a result of my uncompromising stands on national issues.
“Even if the commission is being pressured from ‘above’ to persecute Fayose at all cost, it should at least, do its job diligently to save itself from persistent embarrassment.