The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele
Fayose, on Thursday Paid surprised visit
to Zenith Bank in Ado Ekiti to withdraw money from his bank accounts
earlier frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
His action followed the judgment of
a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday which ordered the EFCC to
immediately unfreeze the accounts after condemning the action of the anti-graft
The commission had frozen Fayose’s
account and some of his associates’ after allegedly tracing N4.7bn from the
Office of the National Security Adviser to them and those of two sons of a
former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
Delivering judgment in the suit on
Tuesday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had said the EFCC’s action breached the governor’s
fundamental rights to fair hearing, as the commission did not make him a party
to the proceedings for the interim freezing of the account.
The governor made a sudden
appearance at the bank on Thursday to make a withdrawal from his account around
1.20pm and went straight to the office of the branch manager, Mr. Mojeed
Adekunle, where he presented a cheque.
“I am ready to wait in your office
till you close for the day as I want my money in cash,” he said, looking straight
into the manager’s eyes.
The manager quickly made some calls
and later made arrangements to pay the governor.
While this was happening in the
banking hall, the bank’s security guards locked the governor’s Chief Security
All entreaties to them failed as
the security guards said there was an instruction to prevent people from going
Tension, however, built when the
security men started allowing customers in but still insisted that the CSO must
The CSO after waiting for sometime
lost his cool and in turn prevented other customers from going into the bank if
he would not be allowed to stay with his principal.
It took the intervention of the
branch manager to allow the CSO into the banking hall.
After two hours of waiting, the
governor came out of the bank with the N5m cash in two polythene bags and
addressed journalists already waiting outside.
He said, “I came to the bank after
serving them with the court order and I made up my mind that I won’t leave the
bank until my money is given to me. And the bank has done the needful by giving
me part of the money confirming that they have obeyed the court order.
“I want to thank Nigerians and my
supporters for believing in our cause that Nigerians should not be oppressed.
The rascality of the EFCC must stop. And I want to thank the EFCC for obeying
the court order.”
The governor ruled out the
possibility of closing his two accounts with the bank since it had complied
with the judgment.