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ALLEGED ₦2.2bn FRAUD: Bank Official Testifies Against Fayose, As Trial Resumes

After spending months on medical trip abroad, immediate past Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayoshe is back to the dock at the Federal High court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

At the resumed trial on Thursday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) presented it’s witness Johnson Abidakun who told the court how Fayoshe allegedly moved ₦200M

Intimating the judge how the cash sum was allegedly moved, Johnson Abidakun a banker, who was the Head of Operations at the new generation bank explained that the cash was moved in April 2016 with police escort from Fayose’s official residence in Ado-Ekiti, with same lodged in a bank account.

While being led in evidence by Adebisi Adeniyi, counsel to the EFCC, Johnson Abidakun revealed that the alleged transaction began with a call on April 16, 2016 from his Zonal Head, Dr Abiodun Oshode.

Johndon Abidakun said: “I received a call from my Zonal Head, Dr Abiodun Oshode, that there was an assignment to be carried out; that there was a sum of ₦200m to be moved from the residence of the then governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

“The policemen arrived after 30 minutes. We arranged for their payment, and called it police money. We also arranged for the cash driver and the cash movers.

“So, they set out for the assignment. After about one hour, they came back with the money and the money was counted and ascertained to be ₦199.5m as against ₦200m.

“While detailed counting of the money was going on, Mr. Abiodun Agbele came in with one other man, Mr Taofeek.

“I know Mr. Abiodun Agbele to be close to the governor but I don’t know his position; he gave instructions that the money should be credited into the account of Still Earth Nigeria Limited and that the depositor was Mr. Taofeek.

“At the point of posting, I discovered that the deposit slip was filled by my subordinate, Oputu Okeimute. I asked him why he filled the deposit slip and he said the depositor could not read or write. After that, the money was credited into the account of Still Earth.”

Meanwhile under cross-examination by Ola Olanipekun (SAN), lawyer to the former governor, Johnson Abidakun confirmed that he did not personally go to Fayose’s house but delegated Adewale Aladegbola to lead the team.

According to Johnson Abidakun: “Aladegbola was the only one that knew the destination.

“I didn’t tell him the amount of money but he led the team.

“When they came back, they didn’t tell me that they met the first defendant (Fayose).”

The matter continues tomorrow (Friday 6th March, 2020).

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