N1.3bn Arms Cash: EFCC Detectives To Quiz Obanikoro’s Ex-ADC

Musiliu ObanikoroThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will tomorrow (Wednesday) question Lt. A.O Adewale, the former Aide de Camp to immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro over the N1.299billion flown to the Akure Airport for Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Lt. Adewale of the Nigerian Navy, has received an invitation to make himself available for interrogation at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mr. Adewale, as part of his responsibility as ADC, reportedly accompanied the former junior minister to deliver the cash, which was meant for the prosecution of the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti.

The cash is believed to have come from the arms procurement fund that was under the Office of the former National Security Adviser (ONSA), Sambo Dasuki.

The officer was on board a chartered aircraft with Registration No: HS125-800 5N-BMT belonging to Gyro Air Limited, which ferried the N1.299billion to Akure on June 17 and 18, 2014.

He was supposed to have reported last week at the EFCC headquarters but requested to report tomorrow after getting clearance from the Navy.

A source said: “We are expecting him on Wednesday. Our team of investigators is on standby to interact with the naval officer who was the ADC to Obanikoro.

“We took time to invite him because investigation has not reached his own curve. Now, as a star witness to the movement and the modus operandi of the ex-minister, we need to hear from him.

“We are interested in his role in the movement of the cash to Fayose’s associate”.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that Fayose’s associate, Abiodun Agbele, who allegedly collected the slush funds from Obanikoro, was said to have “cringed” when EFCC detectives confronted him with incontrovertible evidence.

Agbele, who is presently in EFCC custody, was said to be worried after being shown some damning bank tellers, which he personally signed.

He was just “cringing”, the source added.

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