Former Minister of Defence and former Senator, Musiliu Obanikoro on Monday testified in the on going trial of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose.
Fayose is standing trial alongside his company, Spotless, in a #6.9bn allegedly to have been siphoned through the coffers of the National Security Adviser(NSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Obanikoro, being led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs SAN told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court Lagos, that “in June, 2014 I received a call from Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose, when we were approaching the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, wanting to know if there is any message from National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.
“But I replied no. Shortly after his call a message enter from NSA saying certain amount of money will be received into the account that was opened to manage Hoko Haram threat under my watch as minister of state for defence.
NSA told me that Fayose will call me as to how he will receive the money”
A total equivalent of $5m from National Security Adviser impress account was given to Fayose by the order of NSA.
Obanikoro said that Fayose introduced one Biodun Agbele to him that he would be the one to receive the money on his behalf which was done in Akure Airport because it was physical cash.
“I had earlier wanted to transfer the dollars so that the naira equivalent can be withdrawn in Ado Ekiti which was the reason why I initially called Diamond Bank Managing Director but he replied that the bank does not have such capacity in Ado Ekiti for that huge amount of money .
Obanikoro said that the sum of N200 million was given to Fayose on the June 5, 2014 from National Security Adviser impress account.
He equally said that the sum of N2 billion was delivered to Fayose during Ekiti state election in 2014 from National Security Adviser impress account on June 16, 2014.
Obanikoro said his Aide who is now late was in the meeting where Fayose acknowledged the receipt of total naira equivalent of $5m at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti owned by Fayose.
Fayose’s counsel Kanu Agabi SAN applied for an adjournment to enable him cross exermine Obanikoro.
Counsel to Fayose’s company Mr Olalekan Ojo SAN who is also joint as a second defendant in the charge also urged Justice Olatoregun to adjourned the case to enable him conferred with his client on the evidence of Obanikoro.
Justice Olatoregun relunctanctly adjourned the case to February 4,5,and 6 2019.
EFCC had accused Fayose of receiving various funds from the office of former National Security Adviser impress account which is meant for security purposes.
According to the charge, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and Agbele were said to have taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion, for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election campaign in Ekiti State, which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.
Fayose was alleged to have received a cash payment of the sum of five million dollars, (about N1.8 billion) from the then Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, without going through any financial institution and which sum exceeded the amount allowed by law.
He was also alleged to have retained the sum of N300 million in his bank account and took control of the aggregate sums of about N622 million which sum he ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.
Fayose was alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd and Still Earth Ltd, to retain in their two bank accounts, the aggregate sums of N851 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.
Besides, the accused was alleged to have used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja, which sums he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.
The accused was also alleged to have used the sum of N200 million, to acquire a property in Abuja, in the name of his elder sister, Moji Oladeji, which sum he ought to know also forms crime proceeds.
The offences contravened the provisions of sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.