More facts have been dug up by detectives probing the financial transactions of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State with properties worth N1.35billion purchased within six months of his assumption of office as governor, traced to him.
The properties, which include four duplexes in choice locations in Lagos State and one in Abuja, were purchased between October 16, 2014 when Fayose was sworn-in as governor, and April 2015.
Towards building a solid case against the governor, who currently enjoys immunity by virtue of his position, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned three more people for quizzing on Friday.
One of those invited, Oyin Daramola, who is an estate agent, is said to have told the investigative team from the commission that she did a legitimate business.
She said she had never been fraudulent in all her business transactions.
The EFCC has also penciled down two others, aside Daramola, who are to present evidence of their business fidelity.
Ahead of the Friday session, the anti-graft agency has relocated Fayose’s close associate, Abiodun Agbele aka Abbey, from Lagos to Abuja.
According to investigations by the EFCC, the four duplexes – each comprising four bedrooms – purchased at the cost of $1.3million each, are located on Tiamiyu Savage Street on Victoria Island in Lagos.
Findings further revealed that while chalets 3 and 4 were purchased through Siqnathor, chalets 6 and 9 were owned by Noga Hotel
The fifth duplex was bought from Skye Bank Plc at N200million.
Although the transactions were handled by Still Earth belonging to Oyin Daramola, the governor refused to pay estate agency fees, offering instead to defray the commission on the five properties by awarding contracts to Daramola in Ekiti.
Agbele allegedly brokered the deals.
Another source, who was privy to the preliminary 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”.
Lined up for interrogation by the EFCC 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.