The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday, ordered Acess Bank to detain wife of former Aviation minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, Precious, in Ado Ekiti. Fani-Kayode’s wife, who had visited Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, went to an Access Bank branch in Ado Ekiti, around 3:00 p.m when she was detained by bank officials.
It was learnt that Mrs. Fani-Kayode had waited for many hours at the bank but was not attended to and when she enquired from bank officials what the problem was, she was told she was being detained on EFCC’s directive.
Precious, who was seen cuddling her eight-month-old baby with her at the time was subsequently prevented from leaving the banking hall afterwards.
However, it took the intervention of Fayose, who led some supporters to the bank around 7:00pm to secure her release. Speaking with newsmen after the incident, Mrs. Fani-Kayode alleged she was ill-treated by the officials and her baby, who sobbed during the ordeal, 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.I decided to go to Access Bank to make some withdrawals when I was detained on the instruction of the EFCC. They told me the account had been frozen and they were asked by the EFCC to arrest me on the spot.
“I have been operating the account since 2005 when I was a student in the university. They had earlier frozen my two bank’s accounts and I have been waiting for them to invite me, yet, they have not.
“The balance in the account is just N200,000, so, I don’t know what their interest is. I’m a private person, I have not received any political fund, so, why are they trying to starve my family? That account has nothing to do with politics. I had to call the governor to inform him of the development.” Fayose warned the anti-graft agency against lawlessness and reckless behaviour against Nigerians.
“They can’t try that nonsense in my state. If they try it, it will be a showdown. They are over-stepping their boundary. “This is a country that operates a constitution. What kind of molestation is this? Taking away the rights of Nigerians because you are investigating.
“Must they terrorise people because they are in opposition? I have demanded an apology from the bank, if they failed to do that I’m done with them. This is lawlessness.”
Femi Fani-Kayode – a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) pleaded with the Federal Government to leave his family members alone.
“This govt is sick and cowardly and so is the EFCC. If you have a problem with me, face me and leave my family alone. “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 doesn’t he face me like a man instead of trying to harm and hurt my wife and eight-month-old son. “This is Buhari’s Nigeria and we will resist his wickedness and tyranny.” Fani-Kayode said he intended to sue the bank and the EFCC for this “illegal and wicked action.”
EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren told Daily Sun, yesterday night that Precious was detained because the account allegedly received ººN1 million from former Director of Finance for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign, Senator Nenadi Usman.
He further explained that banks have standing instructions to contact the EFCC whenever any attempt is made to withdraw funds from any account under investigation. Besides, the said account allegedly has two different Bank Verification Number (BVN). “It was discovered that two people were found to have BVN on the same account. It was placed under investigation. “She went to withdraw money from account under investigation and the bank alerted the EFCC,” he added. did not answer
“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.
“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.”