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A Nigerian Navy officer, Lt.-Cdr Olumide Adewale, has revealed that he helped former minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, to transport money to Akure, and confirmed that the money was received by Abiodun Agbele for Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

According to Sahara Reporters, Adewale, who was the Aide-de-Camp to Obanikoro, stated this on Wednesday, July 28, while being grilled by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The money was said to be part of the N4.7 billion that was paid into Obanikoro’s sons’ company account, Sylvan McNamara.

Adewale told the anti-graft agency that his job was to carry out all the instructions given by his boss, Obanikoro.

He recalled that on June 16, 2014, he and Obanikoro, went to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and on getting to there, Obanikoro’s son, Gbolahan was waiting.

He said Gbolahan and the former Minister had a brief meeting after which a bullion van arrived at the private wing of the airport.

He told the EFCC investigators that Gbolahan then directed some men at the airport to offload the money from the bullion van and load it unto the aircraft.

“The flight was delayed for about an hour. Later, a bullion van pulled into the hangar where the chartered flight was. Shortly after, Gbolahan ensured that some bags were offloaded unto the plane. I later boarded the flight with Obanikoro and his friend, Dr. Tunde Oshinowo (a PDP chieftain and a mutual friend of Obanikoro and Fayose),” Sahara Reporters quoted a EFCC detective as saying.

“On arrival at Akure, the Minister had a discussion with political friends. A bullion van was driven to the tarmac. The bags were offloaded unto the bullion van, and the minister directed that we escort the van to a Zenith Bank branch in Akure.

“On arrival, the bags were offloaded by bank workers under the supervision of a civilian who had come to meet the minister at the Akure airport. I don’t know the man facially, but I can recognise him,” Adewale added.

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Pulse recalls that the pilot, Captain Ahmed Borodo, who was said to have been hired by Obanikoro to move the money to Akure, had confessed to the EFCC that he flew the former minister on June 17, 2014 from Lagos on an HS-125 aircraft.

He also said  Obanikoro's men loaded about eight big green tarpaulin bags onto the plane.

 

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