- A witness in the ongoing trial of governor Ayodele Fayose's aide has said it took him and his team 10 days to count the money they received from Abiodun Agbele
- The witness said the money N1.2 billion was conveyed via two aircraft by the former minister of state for defence Musiliu Obanikoro
- The witness said as the branch manager of Zenith Bank he was not in the position to report such matter to the appropriate authority
A witness in the ongoing trial of an aide to the governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose on Monday, November 14, told the court that it took Zenith Bank 10 days to count money collected from the office of the national security adviser.
During his cross-examination by Mike Ozehkhome, the defence counsel, the first prosecution witness said the governor’s aide, Abiodun Agbele handed N1.2 billion over to him.
Alade Sunday, a branch head at Zenith Bank in Akure, Ekiti state, told the court the money was conveyed via two aircraft.
Sunday said: “The money was mostly in N1000 notes while the rest were in N500 bills. Agbele gave us the instruction to transfer the monies to different accounts.”
The witness said some of the money were paid into De Privateer Limited, some into Spotless Investment Limited, while some were paid into Governor Fayose’s account.
Reading from an exhibit admitted by the court, Sunday said, N100million was credited to Spotless Investments; N219.490 million was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N300 million was credited to De Privateer Limited; N200 million was credited to De Privateer Limited; N200 million was also credited to De Privateer Ltd; N137 million was credited to Ayodele Fayose’s account and the balance N263 million was taken by Abiodun Agbele to Ado Ekiti.
“I saw Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, come down from the aircraft to speak with Agbele,” Sunday said.
The witness also said he had never met the Agbele before then and had also never discussed any money matters with him prior to June 2014.
“I got worried when I saw the huge amount of money conveyed by the aircrafts that day. It took us ten working days to count the money and each day, the uncounted sum is stored in the strong room as ‘boxed’ cash,” he said.
When asked by the defence counsel whether he reported the transaction as suspicious to any authority, the witness said he did not because it was not his job to do so.
Having listened to the first prosecution witness’ testimony, the judge over the matter Nnamdi Dimgba adjourned to Thursday, November 17, 2016, for further hearing.
Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.