Abiodun Agbele (a.k.a Abbey), an aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has started telling investigators how he was used by the governor and former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, to launder huge sums of money from of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between 2014 and 2015. Agbele, who is currently detained by the Economic and Financial crimes Commissions (EFCC), began reeling out details of the laundered cash after the EFCC secured a court order to keep him in detention until the completion its investigations.
He was arrested last Wednesday in respect of his alleged role in the diversion of N4.745billion of the $2. 1billion arms funds to Obanikoro and Fayose.
According to The Nation Newspaper, the money was sourced from the SAS Imprest Account of the ONSA under Col. Sambo Dasuki, immediate past NSA, before the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State. Of the sum, about N1.219billion was transferred to Fayose through Agbele and a company De Privateer Limited, which is owned by him. The ONSA allegedly wired the N4.745billion via Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, a phony company run by former Obanikoro and his sons.
According to the report, the N1, 219 billion, which was flown as cash in an aircraft air through Akure Airport, was not deposited in any account. It was kept in a vault at a Zenith Bank branch and took the bank officials about 10 days to count. The bankers refused to make entry until it was counted,