A Lebanese, Joseph Mechleb, has told the court of how he lied to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, with the view to make former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and his aide, Abiodun Agbele escaped justice.
Mechleb, a principal witness in the N2.2bn fraud trial of Fayose, is a contractor. According to him, during Fayose’s times in office, his company did jobs for the state government, which were facilitated by an aide of the ex-governor, Abiodun Agbele, who is equally facing prosecution for sundry fraud matters involving his principal.
On Wednesday, Mechleb told the court of how Agbele approached him with a document of a property newly acquired to sign it as the owner, which he did.
The court heard from the Lebanese that on the instruction of Agbele when he was later invited for questioning by the EFCC on the said property, he lied to the anti-corruption body that he owned the property but later came clean.
“At the beginning, I didn’t know it was document of a property but I later got to know when the EFCC invited me and I had to contact Mr Abiodun Agbele,” Mechleb said.