The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seems to be building the corruption case against the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, with a list of 17 witnesses lined up to testify during the trial.
The most notable name among the list of witnesses is Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State (Defence). Below are the names of the witnesses to testify against Fayose in court:
1. AYOTUNDE OWOPE – A former accounts officer under the administration of Fayose in Ekiti State. He opened an account with one of the banks used for the transfer of the funds and he will give evidence on how funds were transferred from one account to another account.
2. SENATOR MUSILIU OBANIKORO – A former Minister of State for Defence during and before the Ekiti State governorship election around June 2014.
Ayodele Fayose who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State called and asked if the National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki has reached him (Obanikoro) with any information or message.
Obanikoro eventually contacted Dasuki who informed him he had a message which will be transmitted through him to Ayodele Fayose and further requested for an account in which the said message will be transferred or delivered for onward transfer or delivery to Ayodele Fayose.
Obanikoro relayed the information to Fayose with a confirmation a message will be delivered to him any moment as confirmed by Dasuki.
He sourced for an account Slyvan Mcnamara Limited and forwarded same to Dasuki. On 5th June, the first transaction of N200 million entered into the account and on 16th June 2014, the sum of N2 Billion was transferred into the account, making it a total sum of N2.2 Billion paid into Mcnamara with Diamond Bank domiciled in Lagos.
He acknowledged the receipt of the funds to the NSA who instructed that the funds be given to Ayodele Fayose. Fayose called Obanikoro several times before the money eventually came and on his last call, he confirmed the transfer of the money into the account and the instruction of NSA.
Fayose said N1.2 billion of the money should be made available in cash while the balance should be converted into Dollars. These instructions were carried out by him (Obanikoro).
The sum of about N1 billion was given to various Bureau De Change for conversion into dollars. The dollars that were available about $4 million plus was personally handed, delivered to Ayodele, in Ado Ekiti at Spotless Hotel, while the balance of $1 million was later collected by his SAA late Justin Erukea who brought it to him in Ekiti which he also handed over to Fayose.
3. SALISU SHUAIBU – He is the Director of Finance in the office of National Security Adviser. He was given instruction by the then NSA, Sambo Dasuki to remit the total sum of N2.2 Billion in two batches in favour of Sylvan Mcmanara Nigeria Limited between 5th June and 16th June 2014.
4. ALEX OTTI – He was the Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc. In 2014, Musiliu Obanikoro came to his office in Lagos to explain that he was expecting certain sums of money from Central Bank of Nigeria into the account of Sylvan Mcmanara Limited.
He called the Head of Operation who confirmed the receipt of the funds and the credit of same into the account domiciled at Apapa as specified by the transfer instrument. Obanikoro requested he needed the money or most of it in Ekiti. The bank offered to transfer the funds electronically into Ekiti but Obanikoro preferred that the money is delivered cash in Ekiti. The bank then charged a fee of 5% and then made arrangement to transfer the cash to Ekiti the next day.
However, Obanikoro called later that his partner rejected the fee on the ground that it was too high and they would rather take delivery of the money in Lagos and fly it to Ekiti. An arrangement was made by the bank and cash were made available and the cash was taken away from Lagos.
5. JAMILU UBA – He is the Proprietor and Director of Kofar Naisa Investment Nigeria Limited and a Bureau De Change operator. He was involved in a number of transaction with De Privateer Limited.
Abiodun Agbele paid money into the account of his company and the dollar equivalent was paid to him in exchange. He will also give evidence on how he remitted money into Still Earth Limited account in the name of various persons such as Abba Uba Ahmad.
He will also give evidence it was Abiodun Agbele who instructed him to deposit N47m, N40m and N14m into the account of Still Earth Limited. He will also give evidence on how Abiodun Agbele sold $1 at the rate N208 at the material time and how Abiodun Agbele received the Naira equivalent from him.
6. IMISI ILESANMI JOHN – He is a staff of the Zenith Bank Plc and a Relationship Officer. He will give evidence on how Samchase Nigeria Limited who is a contractor to Ekiti State Government issued an instruction on 30th January 2015 to transfer the sum of N132.5million of First Bank account to Still Earth Limited.
7. ADEKUNLE ADETIMEHIN – He is the Chief Administrator of Noga Hotel Limited, the owner of property known as 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. He will give evidence on how chalet 3, 4, 6 and 9 were purchased forced by Still Earth Limited and later by JJ Technical Services Limited through one Barrister Kolapo Kolade
8. JOSEPH MECHLEB – He is a Lebanese and employee of Samchase Nigeria Limited who worked as a mechanic. He, alongside his brother-in-law Joseph Ghossen incorporated a company known as JJ Technical Services Limited in 2007 for maintenance of machines and other technical services.
He claimed that he gave the particulars of JJ Technical to his brother, Mechleb Maroun who promised to help them secure jobs or contracts. He never heard of any property purchased by JJ Technical Services Limited, the company has never done any job or any project in Ekiti.
9. JOSEPH GHOSSEN – He is also a Lebanese and the co-director and General Manager of JJ Technical Services Limited. No contract or business has been done with the company.
He also confirmed that they gave particulars of JJ Technical Services Limited to engineer Mechleb Maroun over two to three years ago to help them get job or contract without any success. He did not use JJ Technical Service Limited to buy any property in Nigeria. He did not know how the property was paid for.
10. MECHLEB MAROUN – He is a Lebanese who incorporated Samchase Nigeria Limited and a contractor to some state governments including Ekiti State. He carried out some construction and rehabilitation of some roads in Ekiti State.
He claimed that Abiodun Agbele contacted him if he was interested in a property in Lagos State. He admitted the discussions with Abiodun Agbele on behalf of Fayose was on the percentage to be paid as appreciation for the contract awarded by Ekiti State to his company. He agreed to payment of ten percent as appreciation.
He will give evidence the N132.5million paid by Samchase Nigeria Limited was part of the ten per cent in appreciation to Fayose. He also admitted he gave the particulars of JJ Technical Services Limited to Abiodun Agbele to buy property in Lagos on behalf of the Governor.
11. PATRICK NIMIDAM – He will give evidence as to the purchase of the property at 1504, Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja from one Rabi Kundili.
He claimed that one Mohammed who happened to be an agent of Ayodele Fayose called to see the site of his cousin’s property located at Plot 1504 Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja with a keen interest in purchasing the land.
He met with Mohammed Sanni and the special assistant to Ayodele Fayose at the site. They spoke on the price of the land and agreed with them that they would meet Ayodele Fayose at Maitama on Gana Street at a guest house.
The party agreed to the price of N27o million for the property and the money was paid and the agreement was prepared by Fayose’s lawyer and was signed by Hajiya Rabi Binchan.
12. ADEYEMI OYINDAMOLA – He set up a construction and real estate company called Still Earth Company Limited with the head office in Lagos.
He will give evidence on how the company received from his First Bank account, various sums of money from De Privateers Limited and other payment from Samchase Nigeria Limited, Huff Concept Nigeria limited and Calibre consulting.
He acknowledged that his company had received over N1.3 billion from Abiodun Agbele & Associates. He will give evidence that Abiodun Agbele offered to buy four chalets from the company at plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Victoria Island, Lagos where the consideration for the chalets 3 and 4 is N579, 848, 000 and that of chalets 6 and 9 is N575, 863, 573.00.
Abiodun Agbele also instructed the company to transfer the sum of N200 Million through their sister company called Signachor Integrated Limited to Skye bank for the purchase of a property in 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja which was purchased in Abuja.
The property was also bought in the name of JJ Technical Services Limited and the name of the company was forwarded to the company by Abiodun Agbele.
13. FALAYI OLUGBOYEGA – He works with Skye Bank Plc and will give evidence on how the bank sold Plot 1241, No. 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
14. TAIWO OLUMIDE OGUNDEMI – He is a Relationship Manager with the First Bank. He supplied the investigator with the account particulars of Still Earth Limited and how various sums were paid into the account by 3rd parties such as De Privateer Limited.
15. OLUKAYODE SHOKUNBI – He is a staff of Still Earth Nigeria Limited. He will also give evidence on how chalets 3 and 4, 6 and 9 located at plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island was purchased by Abiodun Agbele through JJ Technical Limited.
16. The representative of Diamond Bank Plc – To give evidence on the account of Mcnamara Limited operated in Lagos and how various cash was withdrawn on 16th and 17th June 2014.
17. The representative of Zenith Bank – To give evidence of the account operated by Ayodele Fayose, Spotless Nigeria Limited, De Privateer Limited and Abiodun Agbele and the various transactions that occurred in those accounts.