Ekiti lawmakers have demanded the arrest of solid minerals minister Kayode Fayemi after he failed to appear before the house to answer to allegations of misappropriation during his tenure as governor of Ekiti.
At a press conference in Ado Ekiti, Samuel Omotoso, who chairs Ekiti house committee on information, called on the inspector-general of police to ensure Fayemi is brought before the house to answer to allegations against him.
The house it had issued three previous invitations, all refused by Fayemi.
State lawmakers began investigating the former governor after an executive report last February alleged fraud during Fayemi’s tenure.
Said Omotoso: "These allegations included financial mismanagement, misapplication and misappropriation of funds, diversion of LG funds, contract splitting and criminal mismanagement of the UBEC counterpart fund described as a serious financial crime by Dr Dikko Suleiman, the executive Secretary of UBEC, which has made UBEC to blacklist EKITI state since 2013 under section 9 (B) of UBEC Act 2004, with serious collateral damages on the education sector, the pupils, teachers, parents and local contractors. "
The assembly has also accused EFCC of not working on its petitions against Fayemi.
"Let it be known that Governor Kayode Fayemi must clear himself of these allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption levelled against him by UBEC and other MDAs as reported to the states House of Assembly by the appropriate authorities and this house of assembly representing the Ekiti people won’t accept anything less,” the assembly said.
"The EKHA has a responsibility under section 129 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to summon anybody to the chamber based on her powers on matters of evidence and most especially on corruption allegations.
"Rather than playing to the gallery, John Kayode Fayemi should have turned up today, Tuesday, and honour the properly sent 3 invitations backed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"In civilised cultures which Dr Fayemi claimed to represent, the President ought to have sacked him by now for putting his face on the Laws of the FRN which the President took an oath to protect and it’s on this note we counsel the APC led federal govt to live by Example on the anti corruption crusade rather than living with corrupt officials in government.”