Alade Oluseye Sunday, a witness in the case against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to the governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday said it took ten working days to count the N1.2bn cash collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Sunday, who was the branch manager of Zenith Bank, Akure at the time, stated this during cross examination before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.
Sunday, who is the first prosecution witness stated that the sum of N1.2bn was conveyed via two aircrafts and was handed over to him by the first defendant (Agbele).
“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. Some were paid into De Privateer Limited, some into Spotless investment limited while some where paid into Ayodele Fayose’s account”, Sunday maintained.
The witness, while reading from exhibit AA1B stated that, N100m was credited to Spotless Investments; N219.490m was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N300m was credited to De Privateer Limited; another N200m was credited to De Privateer Limited; N200m was also credited to De Privateer Ltd; N137m was credited to Ayodele Fayose’s account and the balance N263m was taken by Abiodun Agbele to Ado Ekiti.
“I saw Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, come down from the aircraft to speak with Agbele”, he said.
Under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekome, Sunday maintained that he had never met the first defendant and had 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”, said Sunday.
Asked 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.
The case has been adjourned to November 17, 2016 for further hearing.
Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6b from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
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