A bullion van driver has confessed to handing over the N1.219 billion, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said was handed over to the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, ahead of the June governorship election 2014 in the state, which Fayose won.
Fayose is under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly receiving N1.219 billion through the Office of the National Security Adviser for his 2014 campaign, an amount reportedly part of the N4.7 billion allegedly diverted from the ONSA led by Colonel Sambo Dasuki. ret.).
Investigations by the EFCC had revealed that the N4.7 billion was deposited into a bank account belonging to Sylvan McNamara, a company of which the sons of a former Minister of Defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, are said to be directors.
About N1.219 billion was said to have been flown to Akure on a private plane during the run-up to the Ekiti State governorship election.
Fayose is said to have received the N1.219bn through his soul mate, Abiodun Agbele.
The driver of the bullion van, Mr. Olaoluwa Omotoso, reportedly drove the bullion van to the Akure Airport tarmac on June 17, 2014, to transport the N1.219bn allegedly flown by Obanikoro from Lagos.
Omotoso told EFCC detectives that he made two separate trips to the airport because of the large amount of cash.
The driver told the anti-graft agency that part of the money was taken to a bank in Alagbaka, Akure, at the behest 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.
An investigator from the commission, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, said: “Omotoso explained that on June 17, 2014, he was instructed to go to Akure airport to transfer some money. He said he went to the airport twice to transfer the money. He said some of the money was taken to a bank while he, together with Agbele, moved the remaining money to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti.
“He said the money was transported in three vehicles, including a bullion van and two Toyota Hilux vans. There were some soldiers in the two Toyota Hilux vans for security, while Agbele was with him in the Hilux van.
“He said he didn’t know exactly how much was transferred. He explained that Agbele kept the keys to the safe in the bullion car. When they arrived at the Spotless Hotel in the evening, they unloaded the money and Agbele got into the vehicle to search and ensure that no money was left behind. Agbele then returned the keys and Omotoso drove away.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Mr. Peter Amangbo, has denied that the bank sponsored Fayose’s 2014 governorship campaign, contrary to the governor’s claim.
Amangbo told the EFCC that the bank had only one branch in Ekiti State, wondering why the bank would invest in Fayose when the state government did not have an account with the bank.
Fayose had claimed that his campaign was funded by the bank and some private individuals.
The bank manager said he did not meet with Fayose and his friend Agbele at any point.
A source at the EFCC stated that Amangbo said he had not at any point met Abiodun Agbele or any representative of Fayose. He said the claim that the bank financed the Ekiti State governorship election was false.
“He further stated that at no time did Fayose and the Chairman of the bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, and himself hold any meeting.
“He said the bank did not sponsor political groups or elections as a matter of policy.”