- Musiliu Obanikoro says the funds he received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) cannot be described as illicit
- Obanikoro, standing as prosecuting witness in the case against former Governor Ayodele Fayose, notes that he still has dates with the EFCC
- The former defence minister argues that the office of the NSA relates with security agencies in different ways some of which are not disclosed
Musiliu Obanikoro, Nigeria’s former defence minister now standing as a prosecuting witness against ex-governor, Ayodele Fayose, in court, has argued that the fund he received from then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, is not illegal.
Obanikoro, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that the N4.7 billion he received from the office of the former NSA cannot be seen as illicit as was being described.
Senator Obanikoro, who expressed worry over such description, is currently the fifth prosecution witness in the case of alleged fraud against Fayose.
Channels Television reports that while he was being cross-examined, Obanikoro told the court that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigated him for being privy to the transfer of funds.
According to Obanikoro, the functions of NSA include the coordination of all security agencies in the country and as a result, some of its operations are clandestine and not usually documented.
He said this was the case with the disbursement of the funds.
Obanikoro noted that he has not been exonerated from the allegations against him in relation to the funds as he said he still has dates with the EFCC despite enjoying administrative bail.
Obanikoro said in the course of his job, he had reasons to interface with security agencies and bodies including Silva Mcnamara, which was said to be owned by an operative, Kareem Taiwo, and which performed creditably.
He said this was the reason for its recommendation to the then NSA.
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According to Obanikoro, the outfit agreed to work with the NSA for security purposes and he was given the task of supervising government funds in the accounts of the company which housed the N4.7 billion, out of which the former minister said the NSA instructed him to handover N1.2 billion to Fayose.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it was tough accepting to testify against his friend, former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose.
It was learnt that he spoke on Monday, February 4, while testifying in Fayose’s trial for money laundering before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
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