From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
The campaign office of a gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Ogun State, Hon Kayode Amusan had been sealed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation of fraud.
It was gathered that the action of the EFCC officials at Amusan’s office followed an order by a High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos presided over by Justice M. N. Yunusa which gave an exparte order for the forfeiture of the property located at Gbadebo road, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, the state capital.
The case with suit number FHSL/L/CS/1661/14, Federal Government of Nigeria vs Felix Oriyomi Ewulo, the anti-graft agency sought for the order of the court to direct that the property being forfeited in the interim as the Respondent, Ewulo, was alleged to have gotten the property with proceeds of fraud.
EFCC also prayed the court to forfeit the property in the interim pending the conclusion of investigation and prosecution of the respondent who sold the property to the gubernatorial aspirant.
The prayers which were all granted by Justice Yunusa also stated that all rents accruable from the properties due and yet unpaid or revenue generated therein be paid into interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the Court.
According to EFCC, Ewulo who sold the said property to Amusan to the tune of N30 million is being investigated for the offences of conspiracy to defraud, stealing and obtaining money by false pretences.
But a mild drama ensued when the operatives from Ikoyi office stormed the campaign office to effect the court order only to arrest a man with arms in the building.
The suspect was subsequently handed over to the Ogun State Police Command for further investigation on whether he was licensed to carry arms.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest adding that the suspect was still being held with the “exhibit” for further investigation.
“The man is still with us, I was told he was arrested with a dane gun but the man is in custody and the exhibit is still with us, we are going to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter,” he said.
But Amusan, during a telephone interview with newsmen explained that the man arrested was a member of a Vigilate group who was employed to guard the office and the properties therein following the pulling down of the perimeter fencing by the Ogun State government.
“Ewulo sold the land to me, I have all the legal papers. In fact, after he gave me copies of the documents, I had to visit the Ikoyi office of the EFCC where I requested for original documents and confirmed that Ewulo has paid all dues before I later paid him.
“I confirmed from EFCC that Ewulo has paid in full and he was the rightful owner of the property before I bought it and I also did it legally. There is no cause for alarm, it is an interim order, my lawyers are already working on it and we are going to vacate it,” he said.