Ekiti Assembly issues warrant for arrest of Fayemi

Dr Kayode Fayemi, former Governor of Ekiti state

Ekiti state House of Assembly has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Solid Mineral Minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is the immediate past governor of the state.

The Assembly directed the Inspector General of Police and the state police commissioner to facilitate his appearance before the house.

Chairman of the house information committee, Dr. Samuel Omotosho, addressing newsmen after a session of the House where the resolution was adopted, said the former governor had thrice refused to honour the invitation of the Assembly.

Fayemi, according to him is wanted by the Assembly to answer questions on the alleged misappropriation of fund, contract splitting, diversion of local government fund and obtaining loan without due process while in office.

At a press briefing, Speaker Kola Oluwawole, Omotoso and House Leader, Tunji Akinyele, explained the warrant was targeted at giving the minister an opportunity to explain some allegations of corruption slammed on him.

Omotoso added that the Assembly had earlier summoned the former governor on March 10, 2016 with a reminders on August 27 and January 30, 2017, which Fayemi declined. 

Describing this as a flagrant breach of Section 1(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which empowered the assembly to summon any serving or former officers of a state, he said: “During former governor Fayemi’s administration, he awarded a N304 million contract for planting of flowers for urban renewal project in Ado Ekiti. Over 50 percent of the contract sum was paid but, there was no single flower anywhere.

“The former governor also purchased 133 vehicles for royal fathers. The vehicles were given out in August 2013 and the contract papers were done in November. This was a clear case of misappropriation.

“He also paid N24 million for the construction of Awedele Market. The money was paid to a phoney company and no construction was seen. The most disturbing was that, eight days to the expiration of his tenure, Fayemi withdrew N852 million from UBEC account which he was not a signatory to and diverted to other areas we could not trace.

“The former governor also paid N115 million for the construction of a new governor’s office. But no structure was put in place as we speak.”

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