Cover Story : Fayose's Double Trouble
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has his hands full of trouble, as the House of Assembly moves to impeach him and his deputy, while the police probe him for alleged involvement in ritual murder
Exuberant and fraudulent are two words frequently used to describe Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Yet, neither of this adequately captures the governor’s latest ordeal. Last week, Fayose added ritual murder to his repertoire of alleged misdeeds.
This came on the back of the arrest of Prince Segun Bamiteko, former Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government Affairs. Bamiteko was arrested by the police for alleged involvement in the kidnap and murder of a pregnant woman at Shasha in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, in 2003. Bamiteko, a prince of Igogo Ekiti, allegedly headed the team of kidnappers and manipulated Fayose as the financier and end user of the victim’s body parts.
According to police sources, Bamiteko was arrested in Ado-Ekiti after a three-week hunt and confessed to have led the team that abducted and killed the pregnant woman before obtaining fluid from her womb. The fluid was allegedly handed over to Fayose for ritual purposes. The fluid from the woman’s womb was said to have been used in the preparation of a concoction which was generously dispensed in the much-vaunted free water which Fayose distributed in water tankers around the state as inducement to voters in the run-up to the 2003 governorship election.
TheNEWS gathered that apart from Bamiteko, a fetish priest based in Kwara State, is also in police net over the same crime. The fetish priest was said to have requested for the fluid to enable him prepare the concoction. In his confessional statement made to available to this magazine, Bamiteko admitted knowing when and where the slain woman was buried, but denied participating in the murder. “I wish to say that sometime in 2001, I ran into them – Olatunji Goke and three others – in a room at Spotless Hotel (owned by Fayose) and I met a pregnant woman, whom they told me was about to give birth to a baby. Being a sympathiser, I wished to assist the woman. It was when I was about going for drugs and other things that I was confronted (sic) that she was for ritual. But for my own precious life, I had to stay with them. I knew when and where the woman was buried, but I was not a partaker in all the plans,” the statement read in part.