Former Minister Reveals Airlifting of N1.219bn to Fayose for 2014 Election
Hey there, middle schoolers! Today, we’re going to talk about something that happened during the 2014 election in Nigeria. Musiliu Obanikoro, who used to be a minister, recently shared some interesting information about money being sent to a former governor named Ayodele Fayose. Let’s dive in and find out more!
According to a news report, Ayodele Fayose is currently facing trial for allegedly being involved in money laundering. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating him and his company, Spotless Investment Limited, for their alleged role in moving around N6.9 billion illegally.
Musiliu Obanikoro was called to testify as a witness for the EFCC. He told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja that he personally delivered N1.219 billion in cash to Fayose during the 2014 election. Obanikoro explained that he received the money from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Obanikoro shared that before the election, Fayose called him and asked if he had received any message for him from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Obanikoro said he would call him back later to confirm.
After speaking with the National Security Adviser, Obanikoro found out that N2.2 billion had been deposited into the account of a company called Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd. He then handed over N1.219 billion in cash to a bank manager named Mr Agbele, who was supposed to deliver it to Fayose. Obanikoro clarified that he did not keep N19 million for himself, despite what a news website had claimed.
When asked about Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd, Obanikoro explained that the account was created to deal with the issue of Boko Haram in Lagos. He also mentioned that they had to transport the money from Lagos to Ekiti state in two separate trips because the aircraft they were using couldn’t fit all the cash at once.
That’s all for now, middle schoolers! It seems like there’s a lot going on with this money laundering case. The trial has been adjourned to February 27, 2024, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next. Stay tuned for more updates!