Friday September 24, 2021 3:01 AM
Fayose and Fayemi

Fayose probes Fayemi, seeks return of N2.75bn, 17 buses

The Kayode Fayemi Administration is under investigation in Ekiti state.

One of the many areas of the probe is the award of a N600m contract to a company with allegedly no fixed address, according to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Ekiti State Government.

The Commission headed by Justice Silas Oyewole is looking into the financial transactions of the state during Fayemi’s tenure, between October 2010 and October 2014.

In a reaction on Wednesday night, Fayemi rejected the report and said he would take his case to the Appeal Court.

In some of its other findings, the Commission said that the former governor must account for the whereabouts of N2.75 billion allocated for the execution of the construction of an ultra-modern market in Ado Ekiti. The money was part of the N25 billion bond raised by the government .

According to the Commission’s investigation, the contract was never executed.

The Commission of Inquiry said KITWOOD Nigeria Limited, the contractor who handled the furnishing of the government house built by the Fayemi Administration at a cost of N600million should be made to refund N324.8 million. It said the contract should not have been more than N280 million.

The Commission said it found out that KITWOOD had no traceable address and that “the address on the Letter of Award is a virgin land opposite the new Central Bank on the New Iyin Road, Ado Ekiti.

Both Fayemi and then Commissioner for Finance snubbed the Commission and made a futile effort in the court to shut it down.

Fayemi in a reaction said he would appeal the judgment.

On the purchase of vehicles, it said “claim by Coscharis Motors that it supplied 235 and/or 250 vehicles was fraudulent and fraught with so many contradictions”.

It faulted Coscharis Motors claim that it supplied seven vehicles at the Ibadan Liaison office of Ekiti state, when the state does not have such an office. The vehicles, it said, were received by unidentified persons.

It also claimed that Coscharis Motors only supplied 219 vehicles to the Ekiti State Government and that 17 Joylong Buses supplied as gift were later carted away.

“I appreciate the panel members for a thorough job done. The time and energy they put into the job. The panel waited for the outcome of the court case instituted by former Governor Kayode Fayemi before it concluded its job because we are ardent believers in the rule of law and if the court had ruled that we should stop, we would have stopped.

“There is no witch hunting in a situation whereby people are asked to account for their stewardship. I am glad that the Federal Government is also pursuing the policy of accountability and we are following suit here too,” he said.

 

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