8 October 2017
…Prepares legal battle with ‘busybody, interloper, power usurper’ EFCC
By Justice Nwafor
Busy body, interloper, power usurper, unconstitutional, illegality, violation of court order. These are some of the labels that have been used to describe the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, by the Ekiti State House of Assembly, which is now in war mood over the arrest of two of its key officials by the anti-graft agency.
The leadership of the Ekiti State House of Assembly has reportedly consulted lawyers to sue the EFCC for arresting the aides of Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
The speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, said this while speaking to journalists on Saturday.
The anti-graft agency had arrested Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi over mismanagement of funds belonging to the state.
The speaker alleged that EFCC usurped the powers of the assembly and raised false allegations against the two officials in order to justify its “illegal action.”
He argued that the EFCC acted beyond its powers by effecting the arrest when the assembly vested with the oversight function on the finances of the state had not lodged any complaint.
He also maintained that the arrest violated a subsisting order of a court barring the EFCC from arresting the duo.
According to him, “Sections 126 and 127 of the Constitution empower the Assembly to supervise the finances of Ekiti. We are not complaining because the governor has been transparent. The EFCC is a busybody and an interloper. The arrest is an aberration, absurd and illegal. We are going to challenge the EFCC in court. We have instructed our lawyers to do so.”