Bishop Sam Oyede, the president of God’s Fountain of Life Bible Mission International Incorporated, has reacted to the freezing of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state’s personal bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking with newsmen at Oleh, Isoko South local government area, Delta state, Oyede said it was unlawful for the bank account of a sitting governor to be frozen while in office, Vanguard reports.
He said the EFCC stepped beyond its bounds and it is clear they were heating the polity.
“Fayose as a lawfully elected governor enjoys immunity. Yes, certainly, the governor enjoys immunity under section 308 of the 1999 constitution. That is the same immunity that the president and vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria enjoy under that section of the constitution.
“Nigeria is in a democracy, where the rule of law should be upheld and not in a military dictatorship that reels out inhumane decrees.
“By this act, it is clear that the EFCC is over-heating the polity. Who is ordering the freezing of Fayose’s account, the anti-graft commission should tell us,” the cleric said.
Oyede warned the EFCC against further heating up the polity by posing as a witch hunting agency as the country was already grappling with the problem of the Niger Delta Avengers, Fulani herdsmen’s menace and agitations for the Republic of Biafra.
He therefore, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to call the anti-graft agency to order.
Fayose recently had his personal accounts in Zenith Bank, Ekiti branch frozen by the EFCC over allegations that monies meant for the purchase of arms was paid into the accounts by the office of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The governor, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome(SAN), filed an ex parte order deposed to on the 24th of June, 2016 by Bimpe Olatemiju. He sought a mandatory order unfreezing the accounts belonging and operated by him pending the determination of his interlocutory application.
However, on June 28, a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti deferred ruling on the mandatory restriction order placed on Fayose’s account by the EFCC.