A massive crowd of protesters on Thursday took to the streets in Ado Ekiti to demand that Governor Ayodele Fayose waives his immunity and answer to corruption allegations against him.
Accusing Fayose of looting the state treasury, the Ekiti protesters, comprising members of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti, the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, youths, artisans and traders among others, demanded the prosecution of the governor.
Specifically, the CNPP asked the 17 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly alleged to have falsified their certificates to submit themselves for prosecution. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen the governor’s accounts with Zenith Bank and some of his associates after allegedly tracing N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to them and those of two sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions including “Fayose is not above the law,” “Impunity is not immunity,” “EFCC, please probe Fayose’s account in Access Bank,” “Fayose bring back Ekiti money, Fayose must go,” “Immunity not a licence for criminality and impunity,” and “Fayose is destroying our image, we are honourable people.”
Policemen, officers of the Department of State Services and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were deployed in the state capital to forestall any breakdown of the law and order.
They marched from Fajuyi park through Okeyinmi and stopped at Ijigbo area
where they were addressed by leaders of each group.