- A bank official has confessed to handing N1.2 billion to Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
- The money was transported to Ekiti from Lagos
- Part of the money was used by Governor Ayo Fayose to purchase houses in Abuja and Lagos
An official of a bank (name withheld) has given details to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on how he personally handed over N1.2bn to Musiliu Obanikoro.
The former minister of defence has been in the US since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power and has been under the radar of the EFCC for financial crimes. There has been details reportedly captured on CCTV that revealed how Obanikoro transferred money to Ekiti to fund the election campaign of Ayodele Fayose who later emerged as governor.
The Punch reports that the N1.2bn was part of the N4.7bn paid into the company account of Obanikoro’s sons by the office of the national security adviser.
The unnamed official who is the head of cash-in-transit services, said he received a call from the head of operations and technology, to arrange N1.2bn and pay six beneficiaries. However, he was unable to pay the money and his director then instructed him to move the N1.2bn to the private wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on June 17.
The bank official said: “The beneficiaries were not available to be paid as I did not see them and I was later directed by to move the money to the airport where I will be given further instruction.
“We moved the cash to the airport through the Cash-In-Transit vendor, Bankers Warehouse Limited. I contacted the vendor who made the bullion van available for movement. I personally supervised the loading of the money into the bullion van and escorted them to the airport.”
He said security operatives did not allow him in because he didn’t have a pass but Obanikoro’s son came and spoke with them.
“When Gbolahan got to the gate, he cleared us and we drove in. My boss, called me on the telephone and confirmed to me that Obanikoro was the beneficiary of the money.
“I handed my phone over to Gbolahan and he spoke to my boss. Obanikoro came to meet us at the private wing with two policemen and some friends. I recognised Obanikoro very well because he is popular.”
“We loaded the first aircraft with money and Obanikoro flew with his friends on the first flight. The second aircraft was loaded with money but it could not carry all the cash due to the size of the aircraft and the weight it could carry.
“I recall that another aircraft was also used to move the final batch of the money from the bullion van. The second and third movements were supervised by Gbolahan after Obanikoro had left with the first flight.
“The operation took several hours because we got to the airport around 7am and left around 4pm. The cash was bagged in cash bags totalling about 65 and everything was offloaded from the bullion van after which I reported to my boss.”
EFCC officials confirmed that the money got to Akure and Obanikoro handed it over to Abiodun Agbele, an associate of Fayose who has since been arrested and detained by the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC said: “Agbele directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Agbele with teller number 0556814.
“Agbele directed the bank to transfer N118, 760, 000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.
“On April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at a Bank with number 9013074033 with his same BVN. The account is domiciled at 15 Olusola Abiona Street, Estate, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.”
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The EFCC claimed Fayose used part of the money to purchase houses in Abuja and Lagos which has since been seized the anti-graft agency and a balance of N380 million left in the account has been frozen.
Fayose and Obanikoro have both denied the allegation with Obanikoro insisting he and his sons will not return to Nigeria to answer the EFCC while Fayose has urged the anti-graft agency to wait till his immunity expires at the end of his tenure before freezing his account.