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Falana okays Fayose's EFCC prosecution

23 June 2016, 17:20

Lagos - Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) can investigate and prosecute the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, even as a sitting governor, PM news reports.

Falana quoted judicial precedents and legal instruments, which he said, justified the decision of the anti-graft commission to investigate and freeze Fayose’s bank accounts.

The human rights lawyer in a statement on Wednesday said Fayose could not rely on section 308 of the 1999 Constitution to escape criminal act.

He said the immunity clause did not come to play in criminal investigation of a sitting governor or a sitting president.

News24 previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) blocked the account of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, operates with Zenith Bank Plc.

According to a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, the governor accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a prominent lawyer from the state of being the brains behind the action.

While condemning the action, Fayose said under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially th‎e provisions contained in Section 308, he enjoyed immunity and wondered why his personal properties should become the targets of the Federal Government and its agencies under the guise of fighting corruption.

- News 24


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