Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) alleged witnesses lined up to give evidence against former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, were receiving threats.
Counsel to the EFCC, Adebisi Adeniyi told Justice Adamu Hobon of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti state that the witnesses are being "harassed, intimidated and threatened" and thus could not present themselves in court.
"My Lord, there is an issue I need to draw the attention of the court to. The serious issue that we are facing now is that witnesses in this matter are being threatened on their phones via calls and short messages and
warned not to come and witness in this matter. My lord, this is vital information for the court," he said.
Defence counsel, Owoseni Ajayi, nonetheless absolved Fayose from any involvement in the alleged threats.
He described the allegation by the EFCC as "a blanket allegation."
Justice Hobon pledged to protect the witness.
"It is the duty of the government to protect its people, we promise to protect any witness when the time comes," he said.
The EFCC alleges the 53-year old Fayose diverted N860m meant for the Ekiti State poultry projects during his tenure.
He was governor form May 2003 to October 2006.
- CAJ News