Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of (state) defence, has allegedly confessed to accepting billions of naira from the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA). Obanikoro is also said to have admitted giving Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose
N2.23billion to prosecute his election in 2014. Obanikoro said he gave Fayose $5,377,000 in cash and N1.3billion through a proxy, Abiodun Agbele.
The former minister confirmed EFCC’s earlier claim that the N1.3billion was ferried to Akure airport in two chartered flights. Obanikoro deny owning Sylva Mcnamara, but confessed that he introduced the owner to the then National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.
“N2.2billion was transferred to Sylva Mcnamara for onward transfer to Mr. Ayodele Fayose on the instruction of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
“The sum of N1.3billion cash was brought in a bullion van by Diamond Bank on the instruction of the NSA.
“In addition, the sum of N60million was converted to dollars at the rate of N168 per dollar and altogether the sum of $5,377,000 was handed over in cash by me to Mr. Fayose while the N1.3billion was received by Mr. Fayose’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in the presence of my Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Lt. Adewale, who also accompanied them to the bank along with the bank officials.
“I didn’t interact with the bank officials. I called Fayose before the funds were handed over to Mr. Abiodun Agbele. I spoke to Fayose with my phone at Akure airport,” Obanikoro was quoted as saying to his interrogators.