The trial of former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who is alleged to have received N5 million dollars of corrupt money from former National Security Adviser(NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki, has been adjourned to February 3, 2019.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) had filed an 11-count charge against Fayose, including criminal breach of trust, theft, and money laundering. During Fayose’s trial yesterday, a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro testified before the judge against the accused, describing how he sent $5 million to him from the impress account of the ex NSA, who is now in detention.
According to Obanikoro, who is now an EFCC witness after defecting to the ruling APC, sometime in June 2014, he received a call from the accused enquiring if there was a message for him from the then National Security Adviser, (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
He replied that there was none, but promised to check with the NSA and revert back, adding that eventually, the NSA confirmed to him that he had a “message” for the accused and that the funds would be made available.
The prosecutor later showed the witness Exhibit E to confirm if it was the account the deposits were made, and the he responded in the affirmative.
Obanikoro confirmed to the court that on June 13 and June 16 of same year, there were lodgements from the imprest account of the NSA.
He said he then enquired from the accused how he wanted the money, and was told that some amount should be sent in naira while the rest comes in dollars.
“Fayose introduced one Biodun Agbele to me that he would be the one to receive the money on his behalf which was done in Akure Airport because it was physical cash.
“I had earlier wanted to transfer the dollars so that the naira equivalent can be withdrawn in Ado Ekiti which was the reason why I initially called Diamond Bank Managing Director but he replied that the bank does not have such capacity in Ado Ekiti for that huge amount of money.
Obanikoro said N200 million was given to Fayose on the June 5, 2014 from the National Security Adviser imprest account.
He added that N2 billion was delivered to Fayose during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014 from the National Security Adviser impress account on June 16, 2014.
Obanikoro said his aide who is now late was in the meeting where Fayose acknowledged the receipt of total naira equivalent of $5m at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti owned by Fayose.
Fayose’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, applied for an adjournment to enable him to cross-examine Obanikoro.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court, lagos, has adjourned the trial to February 4, 5 and 6, 2019 for cross-examination of the witness by the defence.