Alade Oluseye Sunday, A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja that it took just about 45 minutes to offload from the aircraft the N1.219 billion cash sent by former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro to then candidate Ayodele Fayose, ahead of the Ekiti governorship election.
Sunday stated this while giving evidence before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in the case of money laundering by the EFCC against Abiodun Agbele, an aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Sunday, a manager and Head of Zenith Bank Plc, Akure branch, spoke today under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN.
The witness had earlier testified that the disbursement of the cash, which took ten days to count was coordinated by Agbele.
According to Sunday, the cash, which was loaded in ‘Ghana-must-go’ and Diamond Bank tarpaulin bags, were delivered twice via an aircraft.
He added that, it took not less than forty-five minutes to off-load the cash on both occasions.
“In fact, I, Agbele and Abiodun Oshode (Regional Manager of the bank) were practically watching while the money was being offloaded,” Sunday said.
Answering another question from the defense, the witness insisted that the cash was bundle-counted and confirmed to be N1,219,490.00 (one billion, two hundred and nineteen million, four hundred and ninety thousand naira).
He added that, after ascertaining the amount, Agbele, Oshode and Adewale (Obanikoro’s aide) were handed a small sheet of paper which was taken to Oshode’s office where decisions were taken on how the fund would be disbursed.
NAN reports that further hearing on the case has been adjourned to January 25-27, 2017.
Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.