The ongoing 11 counts charge instituted by the EFCC against Ayodele Fayose and his company Spotless Investment Limited proceeded yesterday at the Federal High Court Lagos with the fifth prosecution witness.
Earlier, Ayodele Fayose, the former Ekiti State Governor had pleaded not guilty to the charges while he was granted bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum.
Yesterday, Musiliu Obanikoro, the former Minister of State for Defence, explained to the Court in Lagos how he gave Ayodele Fayose $5 million three days to the 2014 Ekiti Gubernatorial elections in his hotel room in Ado-Ekiti.
The former Minister appeared as number five prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to testify before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in the ongoing trial of the Ayodele Fayoser, who is facing a N6.9 billion fraud charge.
Recall that this trial began in November with the EFCC calling four witnesses, while the court then adjourned for continuation of the case.
Leading the witness in his evidence, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) asked the former Minister Obanikoro where he was in 2014 and he responded that he was the Minister of State for Defence.
He then asked him to explain to the court what he knew about the case.
Obanikoro said he received a call in June 2014 from the accused enquiring if there was a message for him from the then National Security Adviser, (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) which he replied that there was none.
Fayose then promised to check with the NSA and revert back, and later the NSA confirmed to him that he had a “message” for the him and that the funds would be made available.
Obanikoro then confirmed to the court that on June 13 and June 16 of same year, there were lodgments from the impress account of the NSA.
He said he then enquired from Fayose how he wanted the money, and was told that certain amount be sent in naira while the rest comes in dollars.
According to him, the money was eventually brought in a bullion van to the private wing of the Ikeja Airport where one Mr. Abiodun Agbele, sent by the accused, took delivery of it for onward movement to Ekiti after a confirmation from Fayose.
Obanikoro added that he later joined Fayose in his Hotel “Spotless” in Ado-Ekiti, and right there, he handed over the $5 million to him.
The prosecutor then showed the witness Exhibit E to confirm if it was the account the deposits were made, and the he responded in the affirmative.
Justice Olatoregun then adjourned the matter to February 4, 5 and 6, 2019.