NIA DG Used As Cover For Amaechi – Fani-Kayode


Femi Fani-Kayode  Photo: PremiumTimes

By Victor Ernest

Femi Fani-Kayode has alleged that the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ayo Oke, is being used to cover Rotimi Amaechi in the Ikoyi funds scandal.

The federal government on Wednesday suspended the NIA boss over the $43m the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recovered from an Ikoyi mansion which the agency claimed it owns.

However, Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike alleged that Amaechi, former governor of the state, embezzled the money when he was governor.

But Amaechi denied the allegation, threatening to sue those connecting him to the recovered funds, including Fani-Kayode and the media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Lere Olayinka.

Meanwhile, Fani-Kayode insisted in a statement on Saturday that the NIA boss was only being clever.

According to him, the NIA boss took the fall for Amaechi, adding that he has warned the embattled NIA boss that ”they would use him to cover the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and then mess him up.”

”We are in court soon. Wait and see what will happen. It is so easy for Nigerians to be fooled by their government. I have always known that. But for serious-minded and well-educated people to be fooled by this sort of cheap propaganda amazes me,” he said.

He questioned why it has to be a panel from the Villa that is investigating the matter instead of the EFCC or the Department of State Services (DSS).

The former aviation minister also questioned why the EFCC has yet to announce the official owner of the recovered money.


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