In the letter dated September 12 and addressed to the comptroller-general of customs, the EFCC said Fayose whose tenure ends on October 16 may be planning to flee the country. The letter reads;
“There is a reasonable suspicion suggesting that he may likely leave the country either through the land borders, airports or seaports in order to evade investigation. Hence, you are kindly requested to watch-list him and arrest him,” read the letter signed by Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC.
Reacting to the letter, all zonal coordinators, area commanders and comptrollers of the Nigeria customs service have been instructed to monitor Fayose.
“Consequently, you are requested to monitor the subject and report to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through the provided contact details if sighted,” the customs wrote in a letter dated September 14.
Fayose’s prosecution is coming after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the July 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state. Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated Olusola Kolapo to win the election. Fayose is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged abuse of office, money laundering, among others.
It should also be noted that the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, had promised to make himself available to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Governor Fayose disclosed this in a letter dated September 10 and addressed to the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu.
He said he would report at the EFFC office after handing over to the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who will be sworn into office on October 16. The governor explained that several actions of the anti-graft agency, including the freezing of his account and an attempt to secure a temporary forfeiture of his properties indicated that there was a need to answer some questions.