Saturday, 9 April 2016

Fayose and family banned from entering the US

According to the classified document collected by Sahara Reporters, Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state, as well as his family was banned from entering the United States of America in 2009.

The document showed that the US Embassy denied Ayodele Fayose entrance into the country following his impeachment in 2006. The visa of his wife Feyisetan Helen Olayemi Fayose valid until February 2010 was recommended to be cancelled.

Among other members of the governor’s family subjected to the 2009 visa ban were his three sons, Oluwajomiloju John Fayose (born on February 18, 1992), Ayorogbayimika Mine Fayose (born August 1, 1995) and Chukwuemeka Boluwatife Fayose (born November 5, 1997). 

The entire family had their valid visas with the expiration date of July 27, 2010, annulled. An interagency committee at the US Mission in Nigeria reportedly requested President Barack Obama to invoke Presidential Proclamation 7750 (PP7750) to declare Mr Fayose ineligible for a visa. 

On the other hand, the document specified that Mr Fayose had stolen up to $81 million from the coffers of Ekiti state during his tenure as governor. He was accused of political violence, corrupt elections, fraud, bribery, assasination and more. Currently, it is still unclear whether the visa ban remains in force.

Responding to Sahara Reporters message to comment on the report Mr Fayose wrote: “My family was in the US last summer. I have only been to the US only twice in my life. During my trial by EFCC between 2007 and 2014, in 2009 the court [asked] that my passport be deposited with the court. I approached the American Embassy for renewal [and they] said I can come back after the trial. I have since won my case at the Ado Ekiti Federal High Court in 2014, which discharged and acquitted me. I have not approached the US Embassy since then.”

Source- Sahara Reporters

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