Human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has reacted to statement made by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over 1billion property linked to him (Falana) being house seized from suspected pension thieves.
Fayose had expressed his disappointment, saying it was shameful for a man of Falana to be named in such a dirty deals.
But commenting on the allegation, the human right lawyer slammed Mr. Fayose for not paying attention to facts and explanation on his linkage to the property, therefore challanged him and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to approach the court to seek a forfeiture order on the N1bn property if they were sure it was proceeds of crime.
Falana said, “I stand by my earlier defence that I never bought the house from the EFCC and I challenge him (Fayose) and the Attorney General to show the evidence. I challenge the garrulous Governor of Ekiti State to prove the monstrous allegation that I bought a house from the EFCC.
“Since Mr. Ayo Fayose has not paid attention to the fact and circumstances of the case, I advise him to study my explanation that the house in question is a subject matter of a pending suit before the Federal High Court and that the house has been forfeited to AMCON in the interim.
“The EFCC is not a party to the case. So, if Mr. Ayo Fayose wants to join the suit, he’s free, he is at liberty to approach the Federal High Court holding at Abuja to prove his allegation. But his is a case of Ajegbodo to nweni kun ’ra. (The one recklessly eating fresh yam will always want to co-opt others into the deal.) .
“As of today, he has already forfeited six houses to the government of Nigeria. So, if he is sure that that this is proceeds of crime, he should apply to have it forfeited. He should contact the Attorney General, Mr. Malami, to apply to have the house forfeited, if they are sure that the house is proceeds of crime.”
Falana said the governor had been looking for a way to attack him “since I pressured the state to charge Mr. Fayose and his armed goons with the cold-blooded murder of Dr. Ayo Daramola and Tunde Omojola.”