The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has linked a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to some accounts where N1.3 billion was deposited.
According to the Punch, the monies are part of the N4.7 billion that was allegedly shared by former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and his two sons, Gbolahan and Babajide.
The money was said to have originated from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014 before it was transferred to the accounts of Sylvan McNamara domiciled with Diamond Bank.
Obanikoro’s sons are signatories to the McNamara account.
The said money was paid into the accounts of Omisore from the McNamara account in four tranches, weeks before the Osun State governorship election which Omisore lost to Rauf Aregbesola.
Speaking on the issue, a detective with the EFCC said, “On July 9, 2014, N150m was paid into the bank account of Sawanara at First Bank. On August 1, 2014, N300m was paid into Sawanara Limited.”
“On August 8, 2014, about N160m was paid into the bank account of Fimex Gilt Limited domiciled at UBA. On the day of the election, August 9, 2014, N350m was paid into the First Bank account of Metropolitan Consortium.”
The embattled former deputy governor, who has been declared wanted by the EFCC, in a telephone interview with Punch, said, “I don’t know Dasuki from Adam. I never went to his office. The Federal Government is just using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to victimise and embarrass me.”
“They had said I received N600m, they later said N1.9bn, now they are saying n1.3bn. Which of these figures do they want to pin on me? They have kept shifting the goalposts at will.”