Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has sent an executive bill that seeks the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) to the state’s house of assembly.
The bill which has scaled second reading at the state’s house of assembly, if passed, would make Ekiti the first state in the country to have an independent body investigating economic crimes.
Fayose, while sharing the news on his twitter handle, wrote:
“A bill for the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) that I sent to the house of assembly was today, sent to the house committee on public accounts and anti-corruption.
“It has passed second reading.
A bill for the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) that I sent to the House of Assembly was today, sent to the House Committee on Public Accounts & Anti Corruption. It has passed 2nd reading.Nigeria is a federation and we must run it like one.
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) January 31, 2018
“Nigeria is a federation and we must run it like one.”
This comes a day after a federal high court in the state held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lacked powers to investigate finances of a state.
The presiding judge, Taiwo Taiwo had said only the house of assembly and the auditor-general of a state were legally empowered to monitor and investigate the finances of a state.