The EFCC witness wants the commission to formally invite him through a letter.
An Ogun state politician, Tunde Oladunjoye, who recently withdrew as prosecution witness in the criminal case between the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission, EFCC, and former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has given conditions to the Commission before he could honour its invitation for interview over his sudden withdrawal.
Mr. Oladunjoye had withdrawn as witness in the case due to the appointment of Kayode Oladele as the Commission’s Chief of Staff.
He faulted Mr Oladele’s appointment because, according to him, he (Oladele) was a political appointee of Mr Daniel, who he also alleged might use his position to influence the trial.
Since his withdrawal from the case, Mr Oladunjoye had received several verbal invitations, including telephone calls from EFCC officials, asking him to come to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, for further interview on the controversial issue.
But reacting to the invitation through his lawyer, T.O. Lawal of Fairdeal Legal Practitioners, the former prosecution witness, in a letter dated September 16, and addressed to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, argued that it would be more honourable for the Commission to make the invitation official through a letter rather than verbal invitation.
“Our client has been receiving several telephone calls from someone purporting to be from or represents your office to come for an interview in your Abuja office. Our client sees this invitation as abnormal because your invitation is always formal, that is, by a written invitation. Hence, he has declined going to your Abuja office,” the letter reads.
“Please be further informed that our client is ready and willing to honour your invitation for the interview only if there is a formal acknowledgment of receipt of his letters and a formal invitation sent to him through our chambers and if same will be conducted in your Lagos office and in the presence of our client’s lawyers.
“Take note that all further communications and correspondences should be channelled through our office for onward communication to our client.
‘Sir, from the ongoing, it is crystal clear that the decision of our client to withdraw as your witness in the ongoing trial of the accused is justified in all ramifications for justice is not just to be done, but must be seen to have been done by an ordinary man on the street.
The law firm emphasized that the appointment of Mr Oladele who was Special Adviser/Consultant and Counsel to the accused person, in the criminal charge was absurd, immoral and a deliberate and calculated attempt to plant him in the commission, to ‘kill’ the criminal trial of his former boss, the accused person.
It said, “How can an ordinary man justify the appointment of a personal/family lawyer of an accused person who also doubles as the Company Director/Legal Adviser to a company of which the accused is being prosecuted by your Commission, as the Commission’s Chief of Staff?
“With due respect, we say categorically that if you had been diligent by doing background checks on the said appointee, Mr. Kayode Oladele, you would have realized that he was an officer on the pay roll of Ogun State Government during the accused person’s regime.”
However, in view of the development, the law firm requested the EFCC to do the following:
-Immediate suspension of the said Mr Kayode Oladele, your newly appointed Chief of Staff, pending the investigation/verification of his past relationship with the accused person;
-Immediate arraignment of the accused before a court of competent jurisdiction, for offences of money laundering based on the report of Serious Organised Crime Agency of United Kingdom, already in possession of EFCC;
-If at the end of your investigation, your Chief of Staff is found to have operated, participated and conducted himself in the manners described above, he should be summarily dismissed; and
-That your Commission should publicly declare the status and relationship of Mr. Raheem Ajayi, with your Commission, because he has been parading and/or holding himself out as the Special/Personal Assistant to your Chief of Staff. The said Mr. Raheem Ajayi, not only served the accused as Special Adviser, Youth and Sports, he also wrote a book to defend his atrocities in office.