The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Mr. Abiodun Agbele, whom it says is the best friend of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Agbele is alleged to have helped the Governor handle over N1.219bn during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
The money is believed to be part of the N4.7bn stolen from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
According to EFCC, the money was deposited the bank account of a company belonging to the sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, from where Obanikoro conveyed about N1.219bn on an aircraft and handed it over to Agbele, who received it for Fayose.
Agbele reportedly paid in N900m in five trenches into Fayose’s account and his own company account.
Following the arrest, Fayose has condemned EFFCC’s action, calling it political and insisting his election was funded by Zenith Bank and other private individuals.
This was contained in a statement released on Monday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka.
Part of the statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the arrest of Mr. Abiodun Agbele by the EFCC and we wish to say that we encourage the EFCC to carry out its investigations without politics, as it is being done now.
“It must be pointed out that at no time was Mr. Abiodun Agbele invited by the EFCC, and if he had been invited, he would have honoured the invitation. Therefore, there is nothing to celebrate in his arrest if it is not political.
“As already pointed out, Governor Ayodele Fayose does not have anything to do with any fund from the ONSA. He has stated how his election was funded and Zenith Bank that he said funded his election has not denied doing so.
“Also, the person said to have been arrested is an adult and will defend himself when the time comes. Subjecting him to media trial, as the EFCC has been doing since the inception of this government, will only give our adversaries momentary sense of joy.
“We await reports of the EFCC investigations and we hope that the anti-corruption agency will be civil enough to allow an open and transparent trial in a competent court of law and not media trial just to get at Governor Fayose because of his uncompromising stance against the misrule of the All Progressives Congress/Buhari-led Federal Government.”
The anti-graft agency has since frozen Agbele’s account with Zenith Bank, including those of Fayose and his company.