EFCC arraigns Fayose today, Obanikoro, others to testify against ex-gov

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has amassed 22 observers to affirm against the quick past Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in court.

The counter join organization is set to charge the previous representative under the watchful eye of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday (today) for a supposed extortion of N2.2bn.

It claimed that Fayose claimed the cash "to finance your 2014 gubernatorial crusade in Ekiti State, which you sensibly should have known shaped piece of the returns of an unlawful demonstration, to mind: criminal break of trust/taking."

Among the observers arranged to affirm against the ex-senator is a previous Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, and a previous Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr Alex Otti.

Additionally to affirm is Ayotunde Owope, said to be Fayose’s record officer.

As per the EFCC, Owope opened a ledger for Fayose and "he will give proof on how reserves were exchanged from one record into another."

Obanikoro, who was recorded as the second observer, is required to affirm about how he took N2.2bn from the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for forward conveyance to Fayose in June 2014.

Obanikoro is to describe to the court how Fayose purportedly asked for that out of the N2.2bn, N1.2bn ought to be conveyed to him in real money while the rest of the N800m ought to be changed over to US dollars.

In the wake of charging Fayose today (Monday), the EFCC is required to begin calling its observers.

Nonetheless, Sunday PUNCH detailed that Obanikoro, who was recorded as the second observer, had left the nation for the US, with no distinct return date.

"Obanikoro went out on Wednesday evening, saying he needed to go for restorative treatment. He gave no date when he would restore," a source in the EFCC revealed to Sunday PUNCH.

Ex-Group Managing Director, Diamond Bank, Otti, is to tell the court how at some point in 2014, Obanikoro moved toward him in his office in Lagos, saying he expected the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay certain entireties of cash into the Diamond Bank record of a firm, Sylvan Mcmanara Ltd., and that he required the cash or its majority exchanged to Ekiti.

Otti is relied upon to tell the court how Diamond Bank offered to exchange the cash electronically however Obanikoro demanded that he needed the cash conveyed in trade out Ekiti. The bank at that point charged an expense of five percent and made game plan to exchange the money to Ekiti the next day.

Fayose will stand preliminary close by a firm, Spotless Limited.