The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained the wife of former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode in Ado Ekiti.
Mrs. Precious Fani-Kayode was reported to have been hosted by the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, in Ado-Ekiti prior to her detention.
Mrs. Fani-Kayode, who was with her 8-month-old son, was detained at an Access Bank branch in Ado-Ekiti around 3 p.m. by officials of the bank acting on orders of the EFCC.
Her release was however secured by Fayose, who stormed the bank and intervened on the situation around 7 p.m.
Mrs. Fani-Kayode said to newsmen after the whole saga that she was badly treated by the officials, and her baby was denied food.
”I’m not a politician and that account had been dormant for about five years. I only activated it last month in Port Harcourt,” she said. ”I decided to go to Access Bank to make some withdrawals when I was detained on the instruction of the EFCC.
“They told me account had been frozen and they were asked by the EFCC to arrest me on the spot.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode himself released a statement concerning the incident. He called EFCC and the present administration ”sick” and ”cowardly”.
The statement read:
”This government is sick and cowardly and so are the EFCC. If you have a problem with me face me and leave my family alone.
”My wife travelled to Ado Ekiti to see my friend and brother Governor Fayose and his family.
”They were on their way out of town when they went to Access Bank in Ado Ekiti to get some money.
”When they got there, my 8 month old son Aragorn and wife Precious Chikwendu were illegally detained, brutalised and put under arrest on the orders of the EFCC at a bank in Ado Ekiti today.
”She has never had any business with me, she has never been formally invited by the EFCC or asked any questions about her transactions and neither have they written to her on any issue even though they are always sending letters to my house and sending people there.
”If Buhari wants to deal with me why doesnt he face me like a man instead of trying to harm and hurt my 8 month old son and wife.
”Had it not been for the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose they would have been taken them away and subjected them to all manner of harm and indignities simply because she is married to me.
”This was an account that has 200,000 naira in it and that has never had more than 500,000.
”She has operated it since 2005 and she stopped using it in 2013. The account has no connection with me and I did not know it existed till today.
”In an attempt to starve and harass me and my family all my accounts and wife’s accounts have been frozen.
”Now they are resorting to arresting peoples wives and children for no just cause.
”I thank God for Gov. Fayose and the people of Ado Ekiti who stormed the bank and freed my wife from this illegal detention and attempt to kidnap them.
”Had it not been for the governor’s intervention and presence, the bank would have been burnt down by the crowd. My family have since left Ekiti State.
”This is Buhari’s Nigeria and we will resist his wickedness and tyranny.
”We intend to sue the bank and to sue the EFCC for this illegal and wicked action. They have no right to do this. If they want to see my wife all they need to do is to invite her. We have nothing to fear. They do not need to be so primitive and barbaric to people.”