WITNESS: WE MOVED 1.2 BILLION NAIRA TO EKITI STATE USING THREE AIRCRAFT

The head of cash transit services, Diamond Bank, Damola Otuyena, has said that 1.2 billion naira was moved to Ekiti for Ayodele Fayose, former governor of the state, using three aircraft.

Otuyena, stated this as a witness in the ongoing trial of Fayose at the Lagos federal high court. According to him, the money was sent to the former governor by Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of defence.

Fayose and Spotless Nigeria Limited are accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of an alleged 2.2 billion naira fraud. The funds are said to have been allocated to him by Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA).

The accused were arraigned in October and pleaded “not guilty” to an 11-count charge filed against them by anti-graft agency.

According to the witness, Gbolahan, son of Musiliu Obanikoro, facilitated the movement of the cash. He said that:

“We then contacted the company that renders the bullion van services to help us move the cash to the airport and it was moved to the private wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport but when we got there, we could not gain access.

“We waited outside. I called my director, he said we should wait, that someone would come to attend to us. Soon, he called to say someone was there to give us access.

“He spoke to a certain Gbolahan Obanikoro and told me that he was the person that would help us enter the airport. He did and we were able to move the bullion van into the airport.

“After some time, a person I later identified as Senator Musiliu Obanikoro came and my boss called me and spoke to Obanikoro using my phone and said he was the one to receive the cash and the cash was handed over to him.

“At the point of handover, they told us not to remove all the cash from the bullion van because they needed to load the cash into aircraft. Two or three aircraft were used to move the cash. When the cash was moved, we left the airport”.

The EFCC listed Obanikoro as one of the 22 witnesses who will testify in the trial.

Mojisola Olatoregun, the judge handling the case, adjourned the matter till January 21 and 28 for the continuation of trial.

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