Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has criticised Mr. Femi Falana, a human right lawyer, for being named by the Attorney General of the Federation in the N1billion Abuja property.
Falana was accused by the wanted former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Reform Reform Task Force, to have bought the building on Gana Street, Maitama, Abuja, which was seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from suspected pension thieves.
Fayose reacting to the incident on Monday said it was shameful for a person of Falana to be mentioned in a dirty deals like that, as he is known as human rights activist, crusader of justice, friend of the masses and defender of democracy.
The AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had testfied before the National Assembly last week that the Lagos lawyer was the buyer of the property.
Fayose said man of honour are not to be “cited in such an odious, obscene, and offensive conduct,” adding that that explains why Falana had always being on the defensive for ECFF, even when the anti-graft acted lawless, because he is benefitting in some ways.
Fayose said, “Linking Falana to illegally-acquired properties seized by the EFCC is bad enough but the facts provided by Malami make the case against Falana even worse. This must be the real reason why Falana always fall head over heels in defence of the EFCC and Magu, not minding the vicious violations of the constitutionally-guaranteed rights, freedoms, and liberties of citizens.
“What we have always suspected has now been confirmed publicly and by no less a person as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“Falana’s alleged unprincipled and disgusting defence of the EFCC and Magu’s penchant for disrespect of the rule of law and due process is for selfish reasons and personal gain.”
The governor has aked the Federal Government to probe Mr. Falana and not allow the issue to be treated with levity.