March 2, 2024

‘We airlifted N1.219bn to Fayose for 2014 election’ – Obanikoro

‘We airlifted N1.219bn to Fayose for 2014 election’ – Obanikoro

Former Minister of State for Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro, on Wednesday, said that N1.219 billion cash was airlifted to Ekiti State ex-governor, Ayodele Fayose during the 2014 election.

Fayose is facing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his company, Spotless Investment Limited, over their alleged involvement in N6.9 billion money laundering.

Giving evidence as a witness of the EFCC on Wednesday, Obanikoro told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he received the money from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

“I was a minister under Jonathan’s administration. Sometime in 2014, we were going to have an election in Ekiti State. Some days before the election, I got a call from Governor Fayose asking me if I received any message for him from ONSA, I told him I would call him later.

“Then I had a phone conversation with the NSA and he told me that N2.2 billion was paid into the Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd account. And I handed over the N1.219 billion cash to Mr Agbele, the bank manager for onward delivery to Fayose. I didn’t take N19 million, contrary to a publication by a Lagos-based online platform.”

When asked about his relationship with Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd, Obanikoro said, “The account was created to deal with the issue of Boko Haram in Lagos.

“We airlifted the funds from Lagos in two tranches because the aircraft could not accommodate the funds.”

Justice Dimgba adjourned the case to February 27, 2024, for continuation of trial.

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