Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday laid siege on the home of a former Minister of Aviation and opposition politician, Femi Fani-Kayode.
The cordon is coming hours after the EFCC wrote to Fani-Kayode, inviting him to appear at the commission’s headquarters on Monday, for questioning over allegations of corruption.
Fani-Kayode said in an earlier statement on Friday that he would honour the invitation and cooperate with investigators.
Shortly before 5 p.m., the former minister, who has been a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, issued another statement, alerting that operatives of the EFCC were at his residence.
“Today the EFCC invited me to come their office on Monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house,” Mr. Fani-Kayode wrote.
“The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated 6th May. They said I should report on the 9th.
“Can someone please tell me why they are at my gate? They can’t even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend.
“I never refused their invitation. Why all this? I leave them to God,” Fani-Kayode said.
Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesman of the EFCC, confirmed the development.
Fani-Kayode had said on Thursday that the EFCC wished to “arrest me in public, humiliate me or to storm my home and lock me up indefinitely”.
“There is no need for all that drama and if it happens that way the Nigerian people will know why. I have no fear of the EFCC, I will respond to their invitation any day and anytime they send it to me and I will help them to clarify whatever issues they wish to raise in any way that I can,” he said.
After eight hours,the EFCC operatives retreated. Fani-Kayode confirmed the development in a post on his Facebook Friday.
“After 8 hours the massive siege on my home has been lifted, the EFCC has left my gates and I look forward to my date with them at their office on Monday,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
Source: Premuim Times