Posted by By Tony Amokeodo, Lagos on
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, arrested Mr. Goke Olatunji, the personal assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose....
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, arrested Mr. Goke Olatunji, the personal assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose.
Details of Olatunji‘s arrest around 7.15am at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, were sketchy as at press time on Monday.
Olatunji was said have been arrested in the presence of Fayose, who was scheduled to board a Virgin Atlantic aircraft for London.
The governor‘s entourage was said to include the state’s Deputy Governor, Mrs. Biodun Olujinmi and the Commissioner for Works, Mr Kayode Eso.
It was gathered that the incident forced the governor and his team to turn back from the airport.
Sources told our correspondent that some vital documents belonging to Fayose were recovered from Olatunji.
The arrest of the aide might not be unconnected with the running battle between the EFCC and Ekiti State Government over the controversial poultry project and alleged diversion of public funds.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, told our correspondent on the telephone that Olatunji was now with the EFCC.
He said, ” Olatunji was arrested this morning by the EFCC operatives. The commission never invited him, because if he was, he would have shown up.
”His arrest is a surprise to the Ekiti State Government, but the government is not willing to make a statement on the issue for now.
”We are keeping our fingers crossed, as the event unfolds.”
Efforts by our correspondent around 8pm on Monday to get the EFCC’s comment on Olatunji’s arrest proved abortive.
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