More details have been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on how funds from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, were spent by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose.
The money, according to the EFCC, was released to Fayose through a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The money, according to the anti-graft agency, was traced to Fayose’s accounts in Zenith Bank Plc.
These details and others were contained in an affidavit filed by the EFCC at a Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State in response to a suit Fayose filed over the freezing of his accounts by the anti-graft agency.
The affidavit revealed how N1.21 billion out of N2.26 billion paid to the account of Slyvan Mcnamara Limited, a company linked to the sons of Obanikoro, was disbursed by Fayose.
It also gave details of the kickbacks received from Ekiti State contractors by Fayose.
According to an operative of the EFCC who authored the affidavit, Tosin Owobo, Obanikoro conveyed the money himself to Fayose via Akure in Ondo State.
The affidavit reads in part: “Prior to Obanikoro’s arrival in Akure, Alade Oluseye, a staff of Zenith Bank, had informed his colleague, Lawrence Akande, that the money was being brought through the Akure Airport for lodgement and since the volume of the cash was huge, he would be needing a bullion van to convey the money,” he said.
“On June 17, 2014, Oluseye, accompanied by Biodun Agbele, who was fronting for Fayose, arrived the Akure airport and took delivery of N724,500,000.00 from Obanikoro who was with his ADC, Lieutenant Colonel A.O. Adewale.
“The next day, N494, 990,000.00 was delivered by Obanikoro in the same manner at the airport. In all, Obanikoro conveyed N1, 219,490,000.00 through a chartered aircraft belonging to GYRO AIR Limited with registration number: HS125-800 5N-BMT.
“After Oluseye took delivery of the money from Obanikoro, on June 19, 2014, Agbele was instructed by the governor to deposit N219 million in cash to De-privateer Limited’s Zenith Bank account number: 1013835889.
“On the same day the said Biodun Agbele made another cash deposit in the sum of N300 million being part of the proceeds of crimes to the said De- privateer Ltd’s with the 2nd Respondent.
“On the 23rd June, 2014 the sum of N200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) being part of these proceeds of crime, was also deposited to the said De-Privateer Ltd’s account domiciled with the Respondent by Biodun Agbele whilst acting in concert with the Applicant.
“On the 26th day of June,2014 the said Biodun Agbele on the instruction of Applicant further dissipated the proceeds of crime by depositing the sum of N137,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty Seven Million Naira) to account No. 1003126654 domiciled with the 2nd Respondent in the name of the Applicant.
“On the 22nd and 27th day of August, 2014 Biodun Agbele also deposited the sum of N50, 000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira) and N118, 760,000.00 (One Hundred and Eighteen Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) respectively to the said account which sum formed part of the proceeds of crime.
“In further dissipating the proceeds of crime deposited and retained in the account referred to in paragraphs (d) and (g) above, the sum of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira) was put in a fixed deposit account No. 9013074033 in the name of the Applicant on the 7th day of April,2015.
“On June 17, 2014, Agbele deposited N100 million to the account of Spotless Investment Limited, owned by Fayose, with Zenith Bank (number: 1010170969). On June 23, 2014, he also deposited N49 million to the account of Spotless Investment.”
Owobo also revealed that contrary to the claim by Fayose that the EFCC arbitrarily blocked his account without a valid court order, the agency got an interim order from Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos to “prevent further dissipation of proceed of crimes.
“The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the exercise of his statutory mandate contained in section 34 of the EFCC Act having satisfied himself that the various sums of money in the account No. 1003126654, 9013074033, 1010170969 and 1013835888 domiciled with the 2nd Respondent were made through the commission of the Economic and Financial Crimes to wit: stealing and receiving gratification approached the Federal High Court Lagos Judicial Division, for an order directing the Manager of the 2nd Respondent to freeze the said accounts.
“In his wisdom, Hon. Justice M.B Idris granted the 1st Respondent’s application wherein an order of interim attachment was made on the aforementioned accounts. Attached and marked exhibit EFCC 09 is a certified true copy of the said order.
“The said order was a preservative order to prevent further dissipation of proceeds of crimes.”
Owobo said having obtained an interim order from a court of law, Fayose can no longer use the court as a shield against criminal investigation, adding that while the governor has immunity against civil and criminal proceeding, the proceeds of economic and financial crimes allegedly committed by him do not enjoy such privilege.
Mainwhile,Temitope Aluko, former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state, has alleged that Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, “threatened” former President Goodluck Jonathan in the buildup to the 2014 governorship election in the state.
The former scribe of the party said Fayose told Jonathan that he needed to support his governorship bid if the immediate past president wanted to win the south-west in the 2015 election.
Aluko said Jonathan invested heavily in the election, alleging that Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state (defence) and Fayose clashed over the huge cash deployed for the June 21, 2014 governorship poll.
According to The Nation, Aluko disclosed this during a live interview programme on ADABA 88.9 FM, Akure.
“Fayose was threatening former President Goodluck Jonathan that he (Fayose) must deliver so that Jonathan will win in south-west. All the PDP elders were kept out of picture on the transactions and cash and some of the cash deployed did not get to their destinations,” he said.
“The presidency gave us security and money, the money was sent from a Diamond Bank branch through an account run by Sylvan MacNamara, a company owned by Obanikoro.
“My boss said he wanted to get his own in cash and that was why arrangement was made to get his own in cash and that was why such a huge amount (N2.1 billion) was ferried by plane. Obanikoro cannot claim not to have brought the money.
“He (Fayose) chose his man, Abiodun Agbele, to keep the money in a Zenith Bank account and the money was lodged at Zenith Bank, Alagbaka Branch in Akure. The transaction was not recorded and it got to a stage when it was discovered that the money was short by N80 million.
“This caused a crisis between Fayose and Obanikoro who brought money thrice from Abuja. He (Obanikoro) brought other things apart from money which I won’t disclose now and it was from it that N1 billion was released to INEC officials to manipulate Ekiti and Osun polls.”
Aluko, who claimed that Fayose did not have up to N10 million in his personal account before contesting the governorship election in 2014, added that the governor’s primary election was sponsored by Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He claimed that it was after Fayose had won the primary election that cash from the office of the national security adviser (ONSA) and oil contractors was deployed to fund the election campaign.
He said Zenith Bank and other corporate organizations came with business proposals after Fayose had won the election, insisting that the governor’s claim that his campaign was sponsored by Zenith Bank was a “blatant lie”.
Aluko said Fayose purchased five houses with the N2.3 billion, which was a remainder of the slush funds from ONSA in choice locations in Abuja, Banana Island and Victoria Island in Lagos.
“The cash carried on the plane was not entered into the plane manifest, the N2.1 billion was delivered to a bank at 4:30am in Ekiti. The N2.3 billion remaining from the total cash received for the election was used to buy house in Abuja and the house belongs to Fayose.
“Fayose purchased five houses in Victoria Island and Banana Island. The property in Dubai was purchased by a fellow who is known as Bisi in Ekiti but is known as Femi abroad. Questions are being asked on the N3 billion used to purchase the Dubai property but I strongly believe that we will recover our money.”