The Zonal Head of the Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Lawrence Akande, on Monday linked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to the N1.2bn allegedly received from the Office of the National Security about a month to his second term election in 2014.
The N1.2bn is the subject of the ongoing trial of one of the governor’s aides, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in August 2016 arraigned Agbele and three companies before the court on 11 counts of money laundering involving N4,685,723,000,000 allegedly taken by the immediate-past NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), from ONSA’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The three companies charged alongside Agbele are Sylvan Mcnamara Limited linked to a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; De Privateer Limited run by Agbele, and Spotless Investment Limited whose bank account was allegedly being operated by Fayose and his wife, Feyisetan.
The EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014, Agbele along with Obanikoro and other suspects, said to be at large, took N1,219,000,000 from the total of N4,685,723,000,000, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that the money was part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”
It stated that Agbele and the three companies did retain, transfer and convert part of the funds to their personal use, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that they were part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”
Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, the second prosecution witness, Akande, told the court on Monday that on June 17, 2014, he received a call from Fayose in respect of “a deposit” that was to be made in the bank.
He said Fayose asked him to liaise with Agbele in respect of the deposit.
According to the witness, he first met Fayose as the then Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the then imminent July 2014 governorship election in the state.
Akande, who is an indigene of Ekiti State, said on the prompting of another zonal Manager of the bank, Mr. Abiodun Osode, in Akure, Ondo State capital, he led Osode and some other officials of the bank to appeal to Fayose as then PDP’s governorship candidate to patronise the bank for the election expenses.