A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.
A solid source said, “Congressperson Obanikoro went to the EFCC office on Monday morning as a major aspect of examinations concerning the N4.7bn. Since he has admitted that he was the person who gathered the N4.7bn and appropriated it, he is in the best position to affirm in court.
“The EFCC needs him to affirm against Agbele which will likewise fabricate a solid body of evidence against Fayose who right now appreciates invulnerability. Obanikoro has concurred and will be recorded as one of the EFCC witnesses.
“On the off chance that Agbele is indicted, it naturally implies that Fayose will likewise be sentenced once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose keep on playing recreations. Omisore and Obanikoro are collaborating and returning cash. Their inconveniences will end soon while Fayose’s own will continue deteriorating.”
Whenever reached, Obanikoro’s legal counselor, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he didn’t know that his customer was with the EFCC however guaranteed to discover.
“I have been in court throughout the day so I didn’t know that he (Obanikoro) was with the EFCC. I will discover,” he said.
Be that as it may, a source told a Punch journalist that the EFCC could even now charge Obanikoro to court on the off chance that he neglected to coordinate with the EFCC.
He said, “Obanikoro has returned N104m and has promised to return N480m in portions like clockwork yet in the event that he can’t coordinate with the EFCC, then he and his children might be accused along of the others.
“Request deal and transaction are a standard practice in criminal equity over the world.”
Obanikoro had told the EFCC in his announcement of promise that he got N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the initiative of Col. Sambo Dasuki in June 2014.
In his announcement, the ex-serve told the EFCC that he gave N1.3bn to the then governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his helper, Agbele, amid the development to the Ekiti governorship race which Fayose won.
Obanikoro was said to have changed over a rest of the cash into $5.377m and gave it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, within the sight of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other gathering stalwarts.
The ex-clergyman is accepted to have kept about N785m for himself, an activity which is said to have infuriated Fayose.
Agbele is as of now standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for professedly getting N1.219bn in the interest of Fayose.
At the last sitting, Mr. Alade Sunday, an administrator and branch Head of Zenith Bank, described how the cash was dispensed on the directions of Agbele.
He had likewise said it took the clerks in regards to 10 days to number all the cash.
Sunday had said Obanikoro flew the money to Akure Airport and the cash was stacked onto a bullion van.
He had said, “When we got to the airplane terminal, we sat tight for a few minutes before the flying machine arrived. At the point when the air ship offloaded its travelers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and the other one seemed, by all accounts, to be his ADC, Adewale.
“Agbele strolled up to them and had an exchange with them. From that point, he motioned to me to bring the van. Packs stacked with money were stacked into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.
“When we got to the bank, we ‘package tallied’ the money and it was N724,500,000. Agbele let us know that more cash was all the while coming and after that, Obanikoro’s ADC left for the airplane terminal quickly.
“At night, every one of us exited for the air terminal a moment time. After the travelers landed, we offloaded the money sacks into our bullion van and drove back to the bank to learn how much the money was. The second tranche was N494,990,000, bringing the aggregate to about N1.219, 490,000.
“We went to our zonal head office where guidelines were given by Agbele on how the assets were to be credited to different records.”