Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, has defended Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, who has been accused of fixing N20 billion of the state’s funds in a private account.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday, ordered that the Kogi State salary bailout account domiciled in Sterling Bank Plc be frozen over a N20 billion loan obtained from the bank.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had approached the court for an order in an ex-parte application brought pursuant to section 44 (2) of the Constitution and section 34(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act.
Abass Muhammed, counsel to the EFCC, told the court that the order was necessary, so as to abate further dissipation of the funds in the account.
Muhammed noted that the N20 billion loan meant to augment the salary payment and running cost of the Kogi State Government was kept in an interest-yielding account with Sterling bank.
But reacting to the news, Fani-Kayode, in a post shared on his Instagram page on Wednesday, said those peddling the “slanderous falsehood” against Bello are “agents of Satan from the pit of hell”.
He said attempt to discredit the governor whom he described as a man of “integrity” has failed.
“I have faith and confidence in my friend and brother Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state. He NEVER paid 20 billion of public funds in a fixed deposit account,” he said.
“Those that are peddling these specious lies and slanderous falsehood are agents of satan from the pit of hell. Their attempt to discredit and destroy him has FAILED!
“Those that believe that Yahaya would fix 20 billion Naira of public funds in a fixed deposit account do not know him.
“He is a man of profound decency and integrity. I am sorry for those that are peddling this falsehood. I advise them to try something else: this one has failed woefully!”