A bullion van driver has confessed to conveying the N1.219bn, which the EFCC revealed was delivered to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, in the build-up to the June 2014
election in the state.
Fayose is being investigated by the
EFCC for allegedly receiving the
N1.219bn through the office of NSA
for his campaign in 2014, an amount said to be part of the N4.7bn allegedly diverted from the highly respected office under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Latest investigations had revealed
that the N4.7bn was paid into a bank account of Sylvan McNamara, a
company in which the sons of a
former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, are said
to be directors.
About N1.219bn was flown to
Akure on a private plane during the
build-up to the Ekiti State election. Fayose was alleged to have received the N1.219bn through his bosom friend, Abiodun Agbele.
The bullion van driver, Olaoluwa
Omotoso, reportedly drove the
bullion van to the Akure airport
tarmac on June 17, 2014, to
transport the N1.219bn allegedly
flown from Lagos by Obanikoro.
Omotoso told EFCC detectives that he made two separate trips to the
airport because of the large cash. The driver confessed to the anti-graft agency that part of the money was taken to a bank in Alagbaka, Akure, on the instruction of Fayose’s friend, Agbele, while the remaining money was taken to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, which is owned by Fayose and his wife, Feyisetan.
A detective in the commission, who
spoke to our correspondent on
Thursday, said, “Omotoso explained
that on June 17, 2014, he was given a directive to go to the Akure airport to convey some funds. He said he went to the airport twice to move the money.
He said some of the money was taken to a bank while he, along
with Agbele, moved the remaining
cash to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti.
“He said the money was moved in
three vehicles, including one bullion
van and two Toyota Hilux vans. The
two Toyota Hilux vans had some
soldiers inside for security while
Agbele was with him in the Hilux van.
“He said he did not know exactly
how much was conveyed. He
explained that Agbele held the keys
to the vault in the bullion van. On
getting to Spotless Hotel at night,
they offloaded the cash and Agbele entered the vehicle to search and
ensure that no money was left
behind. Agbele then returned the
keys and Omotoso drove off.”