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Ex-aide Confessed: I Transported N4.7bn Poll Funds For Obanikoro

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An alleged former aide of the ex Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Musiliu Obanikoro who is currently on self-exile in the United States has confessed to laundering a humongous amount of money for his principal.

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
Fraud invesigators attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have uncovered how a mind-blogging sum of N4.7 billion of transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Sambo Dasuki to Ekiti State to fund the 2012 gubernatorial election of the current Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
According to a report on Punch, an officer of the Nigerian Navy, Lt.-Cdr Olumide Adewale who served under the ex Minister of State for Defence Senator Musiliu Obanikoro confessed to ferrying N4.7 billion to Akure in Ondo State which he handed over to a trusted ally of Fayose named Abiodun Agbele.

According to the anti-graft agency, the money was part of the N4.7bn that was paid into Obanikoro’s sons’ company account, Sylvan McNamara, on the instructions of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Adewale, who was in charge of Obanikoro’s security for about a year, told the EFCC that everything he did was under the strict instructions of his boss.

He told investigators that on June 16, 2014, barely a week to the Ekiti State governorship election, he, alongside Obanikoro, departed the ex-minister’s Park View home in Ikoyi, Lagos, and headed for the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The naval officer told detectives that on getting to the airport, he met Obanikoro’s son, Gbolahan. He said Gbolahan and the former minister had a brief meeting after which a bullion van arrived at the private wing of the airport.

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Adewale told the EFCC operatives that Gbolahan then directed some men at the airport to offload the money from the bullion van and load it unto the aircraft. The entire activity was said to have been captured on CCTV.

A detective of the anti-graft agency quoted Adewale as saying, “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).”

The EFCC detectives told a correspondent that on getting to the Akure airport, Obanikoro was welcomed by Mr. Abiodun Agbele who had since been arrested by the commission.

Adewale confirmed that Obanikoro was welcomed at the airport by a politician. He told investigators that he did not know the name of the person but could recognise the person.

Meanwhile, Fayose has denied any financial links with Dasuki who has been incarcerated for months on the allegations of diverting funds for the arms deal to combat Boko Haram.

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