The noose seems to be tightening around Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state as a bullion van driver, Olaoluwa Omotoso, has reportedly confessed to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission that he drove N1.219 billion to the governor during the build-up to the 2014 election in the state.
The said money is believed to have emanated from the Office of the National Security under Col. Sambo Dasuki and was used to fund Fayose’s campaign for his state governorship.
According to EFCC investigation, N4.7 billion was paid into the account of a company owned by former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and his two sons, Sylvan McNamara.
About N1.219 billion of the money was flown in a private jet to Akure. The Governor is believed to have received the money through his good friend, Abiodun Agbele.
Omotoso, the bullion van driver, allegedly drove the N1.219 billion to the Lagos airport tarmac from where it was flown to Akure on June 17, 2014.
He noted that he made two trips to the airport because of the volume of the money.
A detective with the EFCC, privy to the issue, told The Punch, “Omotoso explained that on June 17, 2014, he was given a directive to go to the Akure airport to convey some funds. He said he went to the airport twice to move the money. He said some of the money was taken to a bank while he, along with Agbele, moved the remaining cash to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti.
“He said the money was moved in three vehicles, including one bullion van and two Toyota Hilux vans. The two Toyota Hilux vans had some soldiers inside for security while Agbele was with him in the Hilux van.
“He said he did not know exactly how much was conveyed. He explained that Agbele held the keys to the vault in the bullion van. On getting to Spotless Hotel at night, they offloaded the cash and Agbele entered the vehicle to search and ensure that no money was left behind. Agbele then returned the keys and Omotoso drove off.”
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