- A former minister of state for defence testified against Ayodele Fayose, ex-governor of Ekiti state, before a Federal High Court in Lagos
- According to Musiliu Obanikoro, he gave various sums of money amounting to $5 million to Fayose in the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti
- The ex-governor is facing trial in connection with N1.299 billion and $5.3 million allegedly allocated to him by the office of the national security adviser
Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence, has testified that he was directed to pay the sum of $5 million from the national security funds to former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, Channels TV reports.
Legit.ng gathered that Obanikoro who appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, January 21, said: “A total equivalent of $5 million from National Security Adviser impress account was given to Fayose by the order of NSA.”
Kanu Agabi (SAN), the counsel to Fayose, applied for an adjournment to enable him to cross-examine Obanikoro. He said he would need more time to look through his statements before cross-examining the witness.
The counsel to the 2nd defendant, Olalekan Ojo, also urged the judge to adjourn the case to enable him to confer with his client on the evidence of the witness.
Subsequently, the presiding judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, adjourned the case to February 4, 5 and 6, 2019 for cross-examination of the witness.
Obanikoro further told the court there was a phone conversation on another occasion to deliver another huge sum of money to Fayose three days to the state election.
Fayose and his company are facing 11 charges of conspiracy and money laundering.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused the former governor of benefitting from the $5 billion dollars slush funds allocated to the office of National Security Adviser by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
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Legit.ng previously reported that a prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Damola Otuyena, claimed that the former minister of defence for state, Musiliu Obanikoro, sent the sum of N1.2billion to Ekiti for former governor, Ayo Fayose.
Otuyena, a banker, claimed that he was directed by his boss to deliver the money in a bullion van to Musiliu Obanikoro at Muritala Muhammed Airport and the money was then moved to Ekiti in three aircraft.
The EFCC is accusing Fayose of using the money to campaign for his governorship election in 2014 but Fayose as pleaded guilty to the charges.
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