Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has been re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged money laundering, and non-declaration of his assets.
Fayose was on Tuesday re-arraigned alongside one Abiodun Agbele on an amended charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission — EFCC.
They were accused of committing criminal breach of trust, theft and stealing of public funds. They were also alleged to have on the same June 17, 2014, without going through financial institutions, received $5 million from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who was the Minister of State for Defence.
Many Nigerians have alleged that many statements and actions taken on behalf of the Nigerian leader are without his knowledge and are rather done by those around him, often referred to as the ‘presidency’.
Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Felix Ajakaye, has urged Nigerians to elect a competent and healthy president via 2023 election that would transform the country. The bishop noted that while the deafening zoning agitations might not be out of place, those who would emerge through such arrangement must be “competent, healthy and sound intellectually.”
The cleric spoke in Ado Ekiti on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled: ‘Ekiti Politics And The Search for Great Leadership’, to mark the 2021 Annual Lecture/Award presentation of the Nigeria Union Journalists, Correspondent Chapel, Ekiti State Council held at the Prosperous Royal Hotels and Resort Centre.
The Ogoga-in-Council of Ikere Ekiti, has declared as null and void, the recognition granted by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin as a traditional ruler, describing the “Balkanisation” of the town as sacrilegious and wicked.
A statement signed by 16 members of the Council on Wednesday, said the governor’s action buttressed the fact that he was being allegedly vindictive for losing the 2018 governorship election in Ikere Council to an indigene of the town and the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Eleka.
The Eleda of Eda-Ile in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Benjamin Osho, who was abducted by gunmen while working on his farm in the community last Thursday and whisked away to an unknown destination, has regained his freedom.
The kidnappers had earlier demanded N20 million ransom, which the family said it was on the high side and pleaded for it to be reduced.
Confirming his release, a member of his family who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
“Yes, Kabiyesi has been freed on Sunday night by the gunmen after the family paid about N2 million from the N20 million initially demanded by the gunmen. The money was raised from many people and I have someone who contributed to it.
“As I speak with you now, he is receiving medical attention at a popular private hospital in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital,” he said.
Also confirming his release, the spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the monarch was dropped at a forest between Ode-Ekiti and Agbado Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state. He however did not speak on whether any ransom was paid.