The governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose has accused the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu of blackmailing state governors. Fayose while reacting to the harassment of serving governors in Nigeria on Wednesday, July 5, said the EFCC chairman was using the Paris Club Fund as a means to blackmail all his colleagues.
“The EFCC is obviously blackmailing state governors on the Paris Club refunds," Fayose said. He added that one of the most harassed governors is Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state who is also the chairman of the Governors' Forum.
Fayose said his Zamfara colleague deserves some respect from Magu and his operatives in the EFCC.
He said: "Rushing to court to seek forfeiture of properties on which no one had been convicted and maligning the NGF chairman is to say the least, irresponsible.” Fayose described the harassment on Yari as a "direct attack" on all governors in Nigeria.
He further urged all the 36 states' governors to rise and protect the governor forum from more attacks from the anti-graft agency.
“It is like a man stealing your money and now coming back to give you conditions to refund the money he stole and also telling you how to spend the money,” Fayose said.
“For instance, EFCC was the one that investigated and it was the one that went to court to file ex-parte application, seeking interim forfeiture of N500 million and $500,000 it claimed was looted from the Paris Club refunds. No defence from any of the accused.
“Yet, Governor Yari is already being presented to the public as a thief by the EFCC. This irresponsibility must stop because these attacks on the person of NGF chairman by Magu and by extension the entire governors in Nigeria must stop,” he said.