|Gun-wielding operatives of the EFCC laying siege |
at Fani-Kayode’s Abuja residence on Friday.
Photo: Eye-Witness Via Vanguard
Some gun-wielding operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, stormed the No 5, Zuma Close, off Aso Drive, Abuja home of former spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organization and erstwhile Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Vanguard News reported
The cordon is coming hours after the EFCC wrote to Mr. Fani-Kayode, inviting him to appear at the commission’s headquarters on Monday, for questioning over allegations of corruption.
Mr. Fani-Kayode said in an earlier statement on Friday that he would honour the invitation and cooperate with investigators.
Shortly before 5 p.m., the former minister, who has been a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, issued another statement, alerting that operatives of the EFCC were at his residence.
“Today the EFCC invited me to come their office on Monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house,” Mr. Fani-Kayode wrote.
“The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated 6th May. They said I should report on the 9th.
“Can someone please tell me why they are at my gate? They can’t even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend.
“I never refused their invitation. Why all this? I leave them to God,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
Mr. Fani-Kayode had said on Thursday that the EFCC wished to “arrest me in public, humiliate me or to storm my home and lock me up indefinitely”.
“There is no need for all that drama and if it happens that way the Nigerian people will know why. I have no fear of the EFCC, I will respond to their invitation any day and anytime they send it to me and I will help them to clarify whatever issues they wish to raise in any way that I can,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who earlier stormed the No 5, Zuma Close, off Aso Drive, Abuja home of former spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organization and erstwhile Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, have left the place.
An eye-witness who visited the scene of the siege but pleaded anonymity, said, the operatives of the anti-graft agency decided to leave when hordes of pressmen began to storm Fani-Kayode’s residence.