The Head of Treasury Operations at Diamond Bank, Mr. Olaitan Fajuyitan, has told officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he transferred N1.2bn from the bank account of a company belonging to Gbolahan Obanikoro, a son of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
Fajuyitan said this in his statement of oath at the EFCC when he was quizzed by the anti-graft agency.
EFCC invited Fajuyitan as part of investigations into the N4.7bn that was allegedly paid into Obanikoro’s son’s account by the Office of the National Security Adviser in June 2014.
Fajuyitan told detectives that on June 16, 2014, he was given an instruction by the bank’s Head of Operations, Mr. Premier Oiwoh, to transfer N1.2bn to some accounts.
He said, “On June 16, 2014, my boss, Premier Oiwoh, told me to do a transaction for Sylvan McNamara. The instruction was for the payment of N1.2bn.
“The customer’s physical instruction was that its account number, 0026223714, be debited with N1.2bn and pay the following people: Saturaki Bello, N200m; Yusuf Bulama, N120m; Chimenum Njoku, N250m; Franklin Tolani, N150m; Josiah Moses, N280; and Abubakar Sadiq Zanna, N200m.
“My supervisor (Oiwoh) asked me to provide the funds for the Cash-In-Transit unit for onward payment to the beneficiaries.”
However, it was learnt that the cash, which was originally released for the six beneficiaries, was handed over to Gbolahan under the pretence that the six persons could not be located.