Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, may have finally been nailed, as the detained former Minister of State, Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that he personally gave him $5.37million while his associate, Abiodun Agbele received another N1.3billion naira on his behalf for his election in 2014.
The funds received by Fayose from Obanikoro are believed to be from the N4.745billion received by a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, under the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
The money was allegedly paid into the account of Sylva Mcnamara Limited.
According to EFCC sources, Obanikoro told his interrogators that he handed Fayose $5,377,000 in cash and N1.3billion was received by the governor’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.
He was said to have also told them that the N1.3billion was flown to Akure airport in two chartered flights for delivery to Agbele.
He however denied ownership of the company through which the money was transferred from the ONSA.
According to the EFCC source, Obanikoro also informed his interrogators that part of the money was meant for the purpose of warding off a plot by the Boko Haram to attack Lagos and other parts of the Southwest.
The former minister was also quoted as saying the total sum of N2.2billion was transferred to Sylva Mcnamara for onward transfer to Mr. Ayodele Fayose on the instruction of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
“The sum of N1.3billion cash was brought in a bullion van by Diamond Bank on the instruction of the NSA.
“In addition, the sum of N60million was converted to dollars at the rate of N168 per dollar and altogether the sum of $5,377,000 was handed over in cash by me to Mr. Fayose while the N1.3billion was received by Mr. Fayose’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in the presence of my Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Lt. Adewale, who also accompanied them to the bank along with the bank officials.
“I didn’t interact with the bank officials. I called Fayose before the funds were handed over to Mr. Abiodun Agbele. I spoke to Fayose with my phone at Akure airport” Obanikoro said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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