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Banker reveals how he transferred N1.2bn from Obanikoro son’s account

02 August 2016, 10:17

Lagos - The Head of Treasury Operations at Diamond Bank, Olaitan Fajuyitan, has revealed how he transferred N1.2bn from the bank account of a company belonging to Gbolahan Obanikoro, a son of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

Fajuyitan made this revelation in his statement at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s office, Punch reports.

The EFCC had invited the banker for questioning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn that was allegedly paid into Obanikoro’s son’s account by the Office of the National Security Adviser in June 2014.

He said the money was paid into the account named, Sylvan McNamara, with number 0026223714.

The account has since been frozen by the anti-graft agency.

Fajuyitan also told detectives that on June 16, 2014, he was given an instruction by the bank’s Head of Operations, Premier Oiwoh, to transfer N1.2bn to some accounts.

News24 had reported how an officer of the Nigerian Navy, Olumide Adewale admitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he assisted his boss, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro to transport money on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

Adewale admitted to helping Obanikoro, his then boss at the time who was the Minister of State for Defence to transport the funds into the accounts of the latter's sons on the instruction of Fayose.

A bullion van driver admitted to transporting polls cash to the value of N1.219 billion to the hotel of Governor Fayose, that the  EFCC allege was delivered in the build up to the 2014 governorship election.

The anti-corruption agency also received video footage showing Obanikoro and his assistants loading a chartered plane with the money and how they even broke a Lagos airport security gate to be able to go undetected.

- News 24


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