Former Minister of Defence (State) Musiliu Obanikoro’s former Aide Lt. Commander A. O. Adewale gave details on account of the cash movement when he was grilled by some EFCC operatives.
Lt. Commander A. O. Adewale told Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) how Former Minister of Defence (State) Musiliu Obanikoro moved funds to Ekiti State for the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Accordly to The Nation report,Lt. Commander Adewale told EFCC how they started the Ekiti Cash movement from Obanikoro’s Park View, Ikoyi, Lagos home on June 16, 2014. The N1.299billion cash taken to Governor Ayodele Fayose by Obanikoro in chartered flight before the election.
EFCC have have already quizzed some persons over the cash movement, General Manager of Gyro Air Limited, Jide West, a pilot Captain Ahmed Bashir Borodo, a bullion van driver, Omotoso Olaoluwa and some bank officials, among others.
Lt. Commander Adewale told EFCC, “I was posted as the Flag Lieutenant to the Hon. Minister of State for Defence from March 2014 to September 2014. Thereafter I proceeded to Defence Intelligence School for my basic French Language course from December 14 to June 2015. I was the Flag Lieutenant to the Minister of State for Defence, my schedule of duties was being in charge of Very Important Personalities (VIP) protection, organisation and administration of the escorts and also coordination of convoys for movement, organisation and administration of the escorts’ means.
”On assumption of duty as the Flag Lieutenant, I embarked on several trips with the Minister to several military and civil parastatals, some of which included several visits to Lagos, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Military Pension Board, Air Force Base in Enugu, also visits to Ekiti State, Port Harcout, Bayelsa and the commissioning of the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Okpabana in the United States.
“As a Flag. Lieutenant to the Minister of State for Defence, I was reporting to the Principal Staff Office, (PSO), Navy Capt. O.O. Fadeyi. During my period as the Flag Lieutenant to the Hon. Minister of State Defence, the then minister was Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
“Lt. Commander Adewale also gave details on his tour duty to the Former Minister that he visited Ekiti twice with the minister. The first was the presidential rally held in Ekiti and the second trip was sometimes in June 2014.
“He also gave insights into how the trip was arranged,that Gyro Air Limited passenger manifest dated June 16, 2014 with the departure DN MM with route DN AKR and the following passenger details, (1) the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (2) Dr. Tunde Oshinowo and Lt. Commander A.O. Adewale was shown to me.
“I recognized the manifest via my handwriting and my name is also on the manifest. The flight was organized by the minister and I was given the contact of Mr. Jide West (the General Manager of Gyro Air) to liaise with.
“ On June 16, 2014, we left the house of the former minister at Park View, Lagos to the airport.We got to the airport in the morning on arrival through road from Park View at the airport, the minister’s son, Mr. Gbolahan was at the airport.The former Minister had some discussion with his son, i was inform of the delay in schedule to Akure.About an hour later, a bullion van pulled into the hangar where the chartered aircraft was parked. Shortly after, Mr. Gbolahan ensured that some bags were offloaded into the plane.
“As at when the bullion van pulled into the airport, I was at the waiting lounge close to where the plane was parked. Shortly after, I boarded the plane with the minister and his civilian friend in person of Mr. Oshinowo as indicated on the manifest.
“A bullion van was driven down to the tarmac where the plane was parked. The bags were offloaded into the bullion van and the minister directed that we should escort the van to a particular Zenith Bank branch in Akure. I can recall the exact branch.
“On arrival at the bank, the bags were offloaded by the bank staff under the supervision of a particular civilian who was in company of the minister at the Akure airport. I don’t know the man personally but with facial recognition, I can identify the man before e departed to meet with the Minister.