More Revelation as EFCC Releases Video Evidence Against Fayose and Obanikoro


10 Jul 2016

More Revelation as EFCC Releases Video Evidence Against Fayose and Obanikoro

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has on Saturday night, maintained that it has more damning evidence against the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, over their involvement in the diversion of N1.29 billion, meant for the purchase of arms, the Nation has confirmed.

The anti-graft agency has now gotten hold of a video tape, showing how Obanikoro and his Aides loaded a chartered aircraft with money, and how they even broke the Lagos airport security gate.

The cash was allegedly transferred through HS125-800 5N-BMT, belonging to Gyro Air Limited. The former Minister was said to have paid $25,000 for the air-lifting.

The first flight was allegedly filled with N724.5 million cash, to the extent that there was no seat for any crew member or the ex-Minister.

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It was during the second flight with N494.990 million that Obanikoro, his Aide-de-Camp, Lieutenant Colonel A.O Adewale, and crew member, joined the trip to Akure Airport.

The Nation reported that the ex-Minister, using soldiers, had broken through the security gate at the airport in Lagos, to move a bullion van to the apron of the chartered wing to off-load the cash.

A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Contrary to his attacks on EFCC, we have retrieved the footage and details of how he ordered soldiers to break the barriers at the reserved security gate at Lagos Airport, for a bullion van to go to the apron of the chartered service wing.

“He defied security men at the airport, and refused to subject the bullion van to any screening, contrary to aviation rules. In fact, apart from financial crimes, the ex-Minister and his accomplices have outstanding allegations against them for violating aviation safety rules or regulations.

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“The aircraft made two shuttles to Akure Airport on June 17, 2014. Our investigation revealed that during the first flight, about N724.5 million was offloaded from the bullion into the aircraft. The cash occupied all the space, to the extent that there was nowhere to sit by the crew and the ex-Minister.

“But when the balance of N494.990 million was loaded into the aircraft for the second trip, Obanikoro, his ADC, one highly-placed person from the South-West, and the crew were able to make the trip.

“Let him continue to make noise in the United States instead of coming home to clear his name. We have interacted with the aviation staff on ground on the said date. We have identified the owner of the aircraft to be a member of the sacked management of Skye Bank Plc”.

Meanwhile, there were indications that the ex-Minister paid $25,000 for the two flights to Akure at $12,500 each.

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The N1.29 billion was part of the money allegedly stolen by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, from the lot voted for the buying of arms to prosecute the war against Boko Haram.

Fayose, has consistently denied the allegation, that he ever collected money from Dasuki or Obanikoro for his election.

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News Source: Post-Nigeria, 9jaTales

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