The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to have launched a search for Fayose’s houses which he allegedly acquired after he became governor on October 16, 2014.
Already, it was gathered that the investigators had identified six of the properties with purchasing papers that were skilfully prepared to deceive security agencies.
It was gathered that the purchasing papers were yet to be changed, but that those who sold the properties had confided in the EFCC who the real owner of the houses was.
The investigators are working on the theory that the governor might have used his detained bosom friend, Abiodun Agbele, as a front among others.
A source in the EFCC said, “We are closing in on the governor. Immunity does not stop us from investigating any sitting governor or president. And we have no apology to offer for doing our duty.”
Two of the governor’s friends were reportedly interrogated on the properties. They included one Abbey, who was said to have been brought to Abuja from Lagos on Friday.
He was said to have been confronted with the evidence on the various lodgements he allegedly made to banks in the name of the governor.
Another friend of the governor known as Fatai, was said to have allegedly aided the governor in securing his deposits in the bank. He was also said to be “in the know of how the properties were bought.”
It was gathered that the houses would be temporarily seized until the proxies whose names appear on the papers of some of the houses were “able to convince investigators whether the source of the funds used in purchasing the houses were clean.”
The commission was said to have relied on reports given to it by former and current associates of the governor.
Chief among the whistleblowers, it was gathered is a former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Dr. Tope Aluko.
Aluko said that it was true he was invited by the anti-graft agency, adding that the allegations he made against the governor concerning the funding of his campaign were true.
In a prepared statement, Aluko said, “Ayo Fayose was sworn in on October 16, 2015. By January 30, 2015, he made a cash deposit of N145m into De-Private account.
“On on April 18, 2015, he paid cash of N70m to the same account. The N300m deposit paid into account no 9013074033 in April in cash by Abey in Fayose’s name can’t be from the Zenith Bank, but from the Office of the National Security Adviser/Dasuki for presidential damaging and presidential election.
“These funds were used to purchase choice properties in Abuja, Lagos and Dubai through other banks in Ekiti which the EFCC is now working on.
“Ayo Fayose is not ignorant of Money Laundering Act, although he’s relying on his immunity. He should know that any cash payment above N9m for corporate and N5m for individuals is an offence and should be reported to the EFCC.
“The ones discovered or uncovered by the EFCC are different from that of the N2.1bn, $2m and $35m from this same source.”