The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday opened its prosecution against an aide of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, Abiodun Agbele, who is being given charged for his roles in the handling of over N1.2bn on behalf of Fayose during the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
This is even as the anti-graft body presented its first prosecution witness, Alade Sunday, Thursday.
At the commencement of trial, Sunday, branch head of Zenith Bank Akure, while being led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Wahab Shittu, told the court how Agbele brought the sum of N1, 290,000,000 to a branch of Zenith Bank.
According to him, On June 17, 2014 his Zonal Head Abiodun Oshodi, informed him that he received a message from one Lawrence, who is a Zonal Head in Oyo State that a customer of the bank will be coming with money to Akure branch.
He said since he was the head of Akure branch, he was informed to arrange for bullion van to be taken to the airport to convey the cash when it arrived.
“After about one hour my Zonal head walked to me and told me that Agbele was in the bank with him, I followed him to his office and he introduced him to me as the customer.
“When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived with some occupants and one of the occupant was a former senator Musliu Obanikoro and one other person whom I do not know.
“When the occupants came down, Agbele walked to meet them and they discussed before the cash was put in our bullion van and we drove back to the branch with him.
“When we got to the branch we both counted the money, it was about N700m and Agbele told us that more money was still coming, ” Sunday said.
The witness also told the court that in the evening of the same date, they went back to the airport, got the remaining money and went back to the branch.
He stated that at the bank they counted the money and added it to the first money which amounted to N1,290,000,000.
He further said Agbele gave them an instruction to deposit the money into different accounts.
“100m was credited to spotless investment Ltd, N219,490,000 was credited to De-privateer Ltd, N300m was also created to De-privateer and another N200m credited to De-privateer.
“N137M was credited to Ayodele Fayoshe account and the balance of about N263m was taken by Mr Agbele, ” he added.
The prosecutor urged the court to mark the PW1 statements made at the EFCC office as exhibits and also applied for a date for the PW1 to come back and complete his testimony.
The defence counsel, Mike Ozekhome, did not object the application made by the prosecuting counsel.
The Judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba endorsed the statements as exhibits and then adjourned to Nov. 14 for continuation.