Ekiti Probe Panel Is In Contempt Of Court – Fayemi

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A former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has again insisted that he will not appear before the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry which was set up to investigate his administration between 2010 and 2014.

Mr. Fayemi, the current Minister of Mines and Steel Development, also restated his stance to the panel that its continued sitting was in contempt of the court.

His counsel, Rafiu Balogun, who appeared before the panel on Friday, said his client would not appear before the panel.

Mr. Balogun appeared on Friday for the adoption of his application filed on September 12, excusing Mr. Fayemi from the proceedings.

He also asked the panel to stay further proceedings on the matter and that Mr. Fayemi should be excused from appearing.

But the counsel to the panel, Sunday Bamise, argued that Mr. Fayemi’s counsel could not bring an oral submission of his brief of argument but must file a written address in order to save time.

But Mr. Balogun countered Mr. Bamise’s argument, by urging the panel to compel its counsel to file his written address promising to file his reply afterwards.

Mr. Balogun also urged the panel to allow him file his reply on the appearance of the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development during the administration of Fayemi, Dapo Kolawole, who was also summoned by the panel to appear before it and to give evidence.

The matter was adjourned to September 18 as Mr. Bamise sought the plea of the panel to enable him call his witnesses from the state Ministries of Agriculture and Information to give evidence on issues affecting them.

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