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Witness details how Fayose’s N1.2bn was shared



More details have been provided on how the N1.2 billion allegedly ferried to Akure by the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, for Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose was shared.

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, witness, Alade-Oluseye Sunday, disclosed this on Monday, that he paid N137 million into Fayose’s account on the instruction of Abiodun Agbele, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC.

Agbele, an associate of the Ekiti State governor, is being prosecuted for his role in the disbursement of the money that allegedly came from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, under Sambo Dasuki.

The funds, allegedly meant for the 2014 election of Fayose, was routed through Obanikoro.

Sunday, who is the branch manager of Zenith Bank, Akure, made the revelation while giving evidence at the Federal High Court, Abuja before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.

According to Sunday, he followed Agbele to the Akure Airport to receive the money brought in two aircrafts.

The witness said: “The person I saw who brought the money to Agbele appears to be Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro. I recognised him from pictures of him I usually see on television because I never met him before.

“The deposit slips used to pay the money into the various companies’ accounts were filled by Agbele himself because he knows the accounts.

“On June 17, 2014, N100 million was paid into Spotless Investment Nigeria Limited and N219, 490,000 was also deposited into the De Privateer Company account on June 18, 2014.

“On June 19, 2014, N300 million was deposited into the De Privateer Company’s account and on June 23, 2014, N200 million was also deposited into the same company’s account.

“N137 million was deposited into Ayodele Fayose’s account on June 26, 2014 and the remaining balance of N230 million was taken to Ado-Ekiti on Agbele’s instruction,” Sunday said.

Speaking further, Sunday disclosed that it took the bank 10 days to finish counting and sorting the money after lodgement.

“The money was locked in the strong room when we were not counting; three individuals usually hold the keys to the strong room which are the Head of Operation, the Cashier and the Head teller.

“I never met the defendant prior to June 2014, I never had any financial dealings with him and I was never at any meeting with the defendant or the management of Zenith Bank”, he said.

The trial judge, Justice Dimgba adjourned continuation of the trial to November 17

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