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Recovered $43m: Fayose accuses NIA of rubbishing anti corruption war

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has faulted claims by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), that the N13b cash recovered at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos, belongs to the agency, dismissing the claim as nothing but a cover-up, which has finally rubbished the Federal Government's anti-graft war.

Fayose, in a statement he personally signed said: " Yesterday, it was made public that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) claimed ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized on Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos.

"This, to my mind is one cover-up too many and this Federal Government is seeming plot to protect the original owner of both the money and the apartment where it was found has further shown that the anti-corruption fight is political, selective and therefore a ruse.

"Nigerians should recall, that I have consistently maintained that the APC-led Federal Government was not fighting any corruption. Rather, the government is using the anti-corruption fight as a major political tool to cripple opposition and turn the country to a one party state.

"Therefore, for once, the Federal Government should operate with the mindset that Nigerians are no fools. They are capable of asking questions and they are already doing that.

According to him, some of the questions being asked are: “Who is the owner of the apartment in which the money was found? Does the apartment also belongs to the NIA? If the apartment belong to the NIA, when was it bought and from whom? If the apartment does not belong to the NIA, from whom and when was it rented?

“How could a whistle-blower be aware of movement of money into one out of many apartments in a building without knowing the owner of the apartment, if truly the NIA was carrying out a ‘covert operation’ as claimed?”

He stressed, “The script being acted on this discovered cash is a cover-up that will mar the EFCC and the Federal Government. It is a movie well scripted for some alawada (comedians), but acted so badly.

“It is case of a dog that has been eating other people’s children to the admiration of its owner suddenly attacking the beloved son of the owner’s friend and they are now trying to cover-up the dog owner.

“It is a major test of the integrity of the APC-led Federal Government’s so-called anti-corruption fight, and the earlier the proponents of the cover-up plot came back to their normal senses and tell Nigerians who owns the apartment in which the money was found, the better for them.”


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