A Former Aviation Minister Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has taken a swipe at the Presidency and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, for allegedly detaining his family in a bank in Ekiti on Monday, by operatives of the Commission
Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode while showing his displeasure on the development in a statement made available to newsmen, stated that but for the intervention of the Ekiti State governor, his wife, Precious Chikwendu and their child, Aragorn, would have been “kidnapped.”
Multiple sources have earlier reported the drama that eschewed in Ado Ekiti branch of a new generation bank, on Monday, as the wife of Mr. Fani-Kayode, was said to have been detained in the bank by officials of the EFCC.
It was reported that the commission initial plan was to arrest her and take her away while she had gone to the bank to make transactions.
Sources said no one knew that anything was going on inside the bank until the arrival of Governor Ayodele Fayose, which attracted a hailing crowd.
The curious crowd had waited around until the governor was said to have brought out the woman at about 5.00 p.m., with sources at the scene saying they did not know how long the woman and her eight-month-old baby had been held there.
However, it was gathered that the woman had sensed that her transaction was taking an unusually long time and she made inquiries, with the source alleging that the bank manager had delayed her and her baby for the arrival of the police and the EFCC.
Mrs Fani-Kayode was quoted to have said that she was badly treated by the officials while her baby was denied food, saying “I’m not a politician and that account had been dormant for about five years. I only activated it last month in Port Harcourt.
“I decided to go to the bank to make some withdrawals when I was detained on the instruction of the EFCC. They told me that the account had been frozen and they were asked by the EFCC to arrest me on the spot.
“I have been operating the account since 2005 when I was a student in the university. They had earlier frozen my two bank accounts which they have not opened till today, and I have been waiting for them to invite me, up till today they have not.
Meanwhile, his husband, Mr Fani-Kayode, angered by the development released a statement, as read below :
This govt is sick and cowardly and so are the EFCC. If you have a problem with me face me and leave my family alone.
My wife travelled to Ado Ekiti to see my friend and brother Governor Fayose and his family.
They were on their way out of town when they went to Access Bank in Ado Ekiti to get some money.
When they got there my 8 month old son Aragorn and wife Precious Chikwendu were illegally detained, brutalised and put under arrest on the orders of the EFCC at a bank in Ado Ekiti today.
She has never had any business with me, she has never been formally invited by the EFCC or asked any questions about her transactions and neither have they written to her on any issue even though they are always sending letters to my house and sending people there.
If Buhari wants to deal with me why doesnt he face me like a man obstead of trying to harm and hurt my 8 month old son and wife.
Had it not been for the intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose they would have been taken them away and subjected them to all manner of harm and indignities simply because she is married to me.
This was an account that has 200,000 naira in it and that has never had more than 500,000.
She has operated it since 2005 and she stopped using it in 2013. The account has no connection with me and I did not know it existed till today.
In an attempt to starve and harass me and my family all my accounts and wifes accounts have been frozen.
Now they are resorting to arresting peoples wives and children for no just cause.
I thank God for Gov. Fayose and the people of Ado Ekiti who stormed the bank and freed my wife from this illegal detention and attempt to kidnap them.
Had it not been for the governors intervention and prescence the bank would have been burnt down by the crowd. My family have since left Ekiti state.
This is Buhari’s Nigeria and we will resist his wickedness and tyranny.
We intend to sue the bank and to sue the EFCC for this illegal and wicked action. They have no right to do this.
If they want to see my wife all they need to do is to invite her. We have nothing to fear. They do not need to be so primitive and barbaric to people.