EFCC discovers N1.35billion properties Fayose bought under six months in office

Investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) showed how Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor purchased N1.35billion properties under six months in office.

The five properties bought by Fayose were four duplexes in Lagos and one in Abuja, the federal capital territory.

The anti-graft agency has called upon three more people for interrogation on Friday, July 8 in respect to the ongoing investigation of Governor Fayose.

One of those invited is one Oyin Daramola, who is an estate agent.

Daramola was said to have told the EFCC men that she did a legitimate transaction. She said she has never been involved in fraudulent practices in all her business transactions.

Besides the estate agent, two other people are to present evidence on the legitimacy of their business.

The Nation reports that as the Friday, July 7 day of interrogation approaches, the EFCC relocated Fayose’s associate, Abiodun Agbele, from Lagos to the nation’s capital.

It should be recalled that Governor was sworn into office on October 16, 2014, but by April 2015, he had bought the properties in Lagos and Abuja.
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The four duplexes, which were bought at $1.3m each, are located on Tiamiyu Savage Street on Victoria Island in Lagos.

Each of the houses is a four-bedroom duplex.

According to EFCC’s findings, while chalets 3 and 4 were purchased through Siqnathor, chalets 6 and 9 were owned by Noga Hotel.

The fifth duplex was said to be purchased from the Skye Bank Plc at N200million.

Although the transactions were handled by Still Earth belonging to Oyin Daramola, Governor Fayose did not pay up the estate agency fees until the time of filing this report.

Instead, he decided to pay fees through the award of contracts to the estate agent in Ekiti state to defray the EFCC on the five properties.

It was learnt that Agbele allegedly brokered the deals.

Another source, who was privy to the initial investigation, said: “They approached Oyin Daramola through Abiodun Agbele whom she knew in Ibadan.

“Upon seeing Agbele, who came to seek assistance to buy the four duplexes in Lagos, it was obvious he was looking so poor and could not afford the huge cost.

“Agbele then said his friend, who wanted the duplexes, will call her. It was then Fayose later called Oyin Daramola. We have the call logs and the transcript of the conversation or negotiation already.

“Investigation confirmed that Fayose did not pay the agency fees but only offered to give contracts to Still Earth belonging to Daramola in Ekiti State to pay the required fees.

“Unknowingly, he wanted to award the contracts for kick-back to feather his nest.”

People to be interrogated are Daramola of Still Earth, her former accountant and a consultant, simply called Titilayo of Philberth company.

“We are going to interact with these three people on Friday as part of the ongoing investigation of the governor. We had a preliminary interface with Daramola, who was innocently manipulated by Agbele and the governor for a legitimate business,” the EFCC source said.

Daramola was said to have told the EFCC men that: “I did legitimate business, I am not fraudulent. I don’t do dirty business deals.

“You can check my background and business records; I have never been involved in shady transactions. Even the purchase of the duplexes, I made sure every process is documented without cutting corners. I have no cause to live a dubious life.”

As a sort of proof that the Ekiti state governor has been involved in alleged corrupt practices before, Temitope Aluko, a former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) revealed that in the period before the gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, Governor Ayodele Fayose and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro clashed over millions of cash both men received from the presidency.

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