PROBE: How Fayemi deducted N18bn from N163bn allocation — Witness

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado Ekiti—The Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up to probe the administration of former Governor Kayode Fayemi, which began hearing yesterday, was told how  the former governor allegedly made N18 billion deductions from the allocations received between 2010 and 2014.

Kayode Fayemi

The Panel also heard that N163, 267,220, 48, 07 billion statutory allocations were received by the administration within the period under review.

This revelation was made by  one Kehinde Odunayo, a witness from the Accountant General’s Office, while tendering documents relating to the alleged receipt and deductions before the Judicial Panel.

However, Fayemi did not send any representation to the panel, he had gone to court to challenge its composition  and also seek for its dissolution.

The panel was set up by Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government to probe the administration of his predecessor, Dr. Fayemi, who is now the Minister of Mine and Steel Development.

At yesterday sitting, Counsel to the Commission, Mr. Sunday Bamise, told the court that two witnesses, Kehinde from the AG’s Office and one Mr. Adeyinka Arogundade from the Ministry of Finance will give evidence in support of the probe.

Bamise noted that paragraph (2a) of the terms of reference of the Justice Silas Oyewole (retd)-led judicial commission specified the need to present veracious and appropriate documentary evidence to ascertain the money that accrued to Ekiti under Fayemi’s administration

The witnesses, in their testimonies, urged the commission to admit as evidence their statements on oath deposed to on July 26, 2017 as the financial position of the state between October, 2010 and September , 2014, when Fayemi was in charge.

The  documents were admitted as Exhibits A 1 and B1 respectively .

However, there was a mild drama in the court when a lawyer,  I.k. Olanrewaju called the attention of the commission to the fact that it was wrong for it to refer to its counsel as prosecutor.

“I am not here to represent anybody but to honour the court. You have been referring to your counsel as a prosecutor. Who is standing trial here? Who is being prosecuted?, he asked.

Justice Oyewole quickly responded that: “It was a lapse of tongue, he is the counsel to the commission, so pardon our mistake.”

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