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Fayose Visits Fani-kayode In Detention, Calls For Immediate Release

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BEVERLY HILLS, November 08, (THEWILL) – The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has called for the immediate release of the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) describing his continued detention was an act of vendetta.

Fayose, speaking with newsmen after his visit to Fani-Kayode on Tuesday called on the federal government to stop playing god and allow the former minister to enjoy bail earlier granted to him by the court.

“The continued detention of the former minister was to demoralize him but unfortunately, the man was in high spirit when I met him,” he said.

“He is not worried, after all, a man must be brave. We shared prayer together that this persecution will come to pass and it will surely come to pass.

“I am here to visit and identify my friend, Chief Fani-kayode. I came into Abuja yesterday and I am being my brother's keeper, and I felt that within the 24 hours that I will spend in Abuja I have to visit him.

“I met him in an office. They brought him in an office to see me. He is in good spirit. But when you say state, there are two different issues.

“If you say state of mind, he is in good spirit. But I don't have accept to where he sleeps and the condition in which he is kept but speaking with, he is in good spirit.

“It is obvious that the commission has made up their mind on charge him on the November 10 . And it shows that they have made up their mind even before I visited him.

“He has been granted bail before and I would have expected them to allow him to go and come back since he didn't run away. So I just believe that this over zealousness will cease and get better.

“These people are only accused. An accused person are at liberty to be visited even people convicted are to be visited. They are human beings it is there right to be visited.

“Are you saying that people should be locked away without access to family and friends that would be abuse to human rights. There is a difference between being accused and found guilty. After from that even if you are found guilty people still have a right to visit you.”

THEWILL recalls that the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev'd Hassan Kukah, had also paid an unscheduled visit to the EFCC, in Abuja, where some prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are being detained over corruption-related allegations. 

Similarly, factional Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, also led other members of his Executive Committee in a visit to Musiliu Obanikoro, Femi Fani-Kayode, Bala Mohammed and Reuben Abati in their cells at EFCC. 

Story by Oputah David