*Details of the N1.299b Case
Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose got kickbacks from contractors and lavished the cash on big mansions, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed.
The governor has N1.299bn in his account, that account has been frozeen. He is in court contesting the order, which EFCC has defended. The case comes up September 30 at the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti.
The EFCC named some contractors who allegedly paid Fayose.
Besides, said EFCC, the properties were acquired in other peoples’ name, among them is Fayose’s sister.
In an affidavit in support of its freezing of Fayose’s account, the EFCC said.
The EFCC said: “That apart from fraudulently retaining the sum of N1, 219,490,000.00 being part of the N4, 745,000,000.00 stolen from the treasury of the Federal Government through the office of the National Security Adviser, the Applicant (Fayose) has also received gratification in form of kick back from various contractors with the Ekiti State Government, such as Samchese Nigeria Ltd, Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd, Hoff Concept Ltd, Calibre Consulting Ltd.
“That the Applicant received these kick-backs and gratification through Still Earth Ltd and Signachorr Nigeria Ltd.
“That, in turn, the Applicant (Fayose) instructed the Still Earth Ltd and Signachoor Nigeria Ltd to use the funds to acquire properties for him.
“That in complying with the Applicant’s instruction, Still Earth Ltd and Signachoor Nigeria Ltd acquired properties on behalf of the Applicant in the name of a company known as J.J. Technical Services Ltd belonging to the applicant and his wife. Attached and marked Exhibit EFCC 08 are copies of the deeds of assignment for the said properties.
“That the Applicant also used the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji (the applicant’s sister) to acquire a property situate at No.44, Osun Crescent Maitama Abuja from the proceeds of the alleged offences of receiving gratification and kick.”
The agency opened up on how N1,299,490,000.00 [N1.2billion] was wired into Governor Ayodele Fayose’s accounts by one of his associates, Abiodun Agbele, who collected the slush funds from a former Minister of Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.
Obanikoro ferried the cash to Akure Airport in a chartered aircraft with Registration No: HS125-800 5N-BMT belonging to Gyro Air Limited.
But Agbele retained N263million on the instruction of the governor.
The anti-graft agency also uncovered a mansion in Abuja which Fayose allegedly bought in the name of his sister, Mrs. Moji Ladeji, after collecting kickbacks from contractors with Ekiti Government, including Samchese Nig. Ltd, Tender Branch Concept Nig. Ltd, Hoff Concept Ltd, Calibre Consulting Ltd.
The mansion is located at No.44, Osun Crescent Maitama Abuja, one of the posh districts in Abuja.
Others linked to either the movement and sharing of the slush funds include
Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro; the ex-Minister’s company, Sylvan Mcnamara Limited; two Zenith Bank officials, Mr. Alade and Mr.Lawrence Akande; Lieutenant Colonel A.O. Adewale; Fayose’s company, Spotless Investment Ltd; Gyro Air Limited and De-Privateer Limited, which is owned by Fayose’s associate, Agbele.
These disclosures were contained in an affidavit deposed to by an Investigating Officer, Tosin Owobo, in the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti.
The affidavit revealed the blow-by-blow account of how the EFCC traced the arms purchase funds from the Office of ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to Fayose’s accounts.