Muslim Obanikoro might have settled outside the country to steer clear of the muddy waters of Nigeria politics in which he had long been swimming in. While this may be applauded, how does one explain his sanctity now that he has been involved in the #DasukiGate by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose who currently cries ‘foal-foal’?
EFCC has been out to say the frozen bank accounts of Governor Ayo Fayose is no big deal and that the account of a company, belonging to the two sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro has also been frozen since evidence of the alleged illegal bank transactions had been discovered.
According to EFCC, “Obanikoro acknowledged receipt of the cash and we have recovered evidence. Some of the remaining dollars was received by Obanikoro’s son, Gbolahan.
“The entire fraud started from the company that Obanikoro’s sons were operating. The company was set up by some people but curiously made Obanikoro’s sons signatories to the account.”
A detective further explained that, “On June 12, 2014, barely 10 days to the Ekiti State governorship election, Obanikoro and a man, who claimed to be his Aide-de-Camp by the name of A. O. Adewale, chartered a private jet belonging to OAS Helicopters.
“About N724,500,000 was conveyed on the plane with tail number N638MA. The plane was an HS125 jet, operated by Okin Travellers, a subsidiary of Elizade. The plane landed at Akure at 9.38am and then went back to Lagos to get an extra N494,900,000 and landed at Akure at 5.57pm.
“Obanikoro handed the money over to one Abiodun Agbele, otherwise known as Abey, an associate of Fayose. Officials of Zenith Bank arrived at the tarmac in a bullion van to convey all the cash to the bank’s vault, located at 13 Alagbaka Estate, Akure.”
He added that, “Abbey directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Abbey with teller number 0556814.
“Abbey directed the bank to transfer N118,760,000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.
“On April 7, 2015, several months later, Fayose personally moved N300m to his fixed deposit account at Zenith Bank with number 9013074033 with the same BVN. The account is domiciled at 15 Olusola Abiona Street, Estate, Alapere, Ketu, Lagos.”
Ondo State governor, Segun Mimiko has maintained that the EFCC could not “interfere with the account of a sitting governor,” as it is contrary to Section 308 of the Nigerian Constitution.
“What has happened is a blatant and violent infraction of the provisions of the constitution and our democracy.
“It’s an attempt to subvert the constitution and it is fascist. The intention is to achieve a penal sanction without going through the due criminal procedure and criminal proceedings,”
In defence, EFCC has explained that “Immunity does not prevent EFCC from investigating suspicious accounts of those enjoying immunity, and Fayose cannot be an exception.”