John Abiodun, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Finance Commissioner, Mr Toyin Ojo and Accountant General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi arrived Ado Ekiti, the state capital to the waiting hands of their colleagues, friends, families and admirers on Thursday following their release on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which had detained them since September 28.
The officials, who were picked up in Abuja on allegations of mismanagement of the resources accruing to the state, were however released unconditionally two weeks after.
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade,while addressing the crowd that gathered at Fajuyi Park to receive the two officials, said the government and people of the state had no gratitude to EFCC for the release.
Kolade, who said that the duo were held by EFCC for no just cause other than to intimidate and harass Governor Ayodele Fayose and the state, expressed surprise that those who allegedly plunged the state into debt were walking the streets freely despite available evidences.
He said: “Today, is exactly two weeks that Chief Toyin Ojo and Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, were unlawfully arrested, incarcerated and subjected to mental, emotional and physical torture by the agents of darkness called EFCC for no just cause in an attempt to harass, oppress and intimidate our Governor and our dear state.
“We have no thanks to them for releasing the government officials as we know it is not in their character to do so, except for the intervention of God and the judiciary.
“Those who plunged our state into debt are walking freely on the streets while EFCC is looking the other way despite available and verifiable evidences against them.”
He lauded Fayose’s efforts in delivering good governance, saying: “Today, Ekiti is progressing in education and physical infrastructure as evident in outstanding performances in NECO, WAEC, and other external examinations.
“Also, legacy projects such as the gigantic fly-over bridge, ultra-modern Oja-Oba market, modern High Court, befitting Women Development Centre complex, and dualisation of roads and other projects are taking place simultaneously.”
Kolade condemned the detention of the officials without bringing forth any evidence of charges against them, saying: “Ekiti people vehemently condemn these politically motivated acts of injustice, wickedness and high-handedness being perpetrated on Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular on regular basis by the EFCC, its co-travelers and their task-masters in their desperation to retain their jobs.
“The question to ask is that; what is the allocation coming to Ekiti from the federation account and who are those that have complained to the EFCC on missing fund in Ekiti?
He also lambasted the Federal Government for allegedly shielding its officials from EFCC’s dragnets, saying: “So many corruption cases such as the NNPC-Baru/Kachikwu cases are being swept under the carpet. Interestingly, it is the Federal Government that is busy defending Baru rather than calling on EFCC to investigate fully.
“Obviously, the EFCC is presently behaving as a pet dog on allegations of corruption against allies of the President while acting as a lion when it involves perceived political enemies of the President.”
Alleging that EFCC as corruption itself, Kolade said: “Even the EFCC itself is corruption that is investigating corruption. Nigerians are daily losing confidence in them and they should bury their heads in shame.
“We say enough to these injustice, maltreatment, militarization and lack of respect for due process and rule of law. We believe in our God and the Court to give us justice,” the attorney-general said.