Return ₦1.3Bn Handed Over To You By Dasuki, EFCC Tells Fayose
The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, finally honored an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday after losing his immunity from prosecution and arrest.
Fayose was led to the interrogation room, where it was learned that he was asked to write a statement explaining how he spent N1.3bn he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
The commission also asked him to return the money.
A source at the EFCC, however, reportedly said that the former governor refused to admit to collecting the money.
He said, “We have treated Fayose with respect since he arrived at our office. We asked him about the money he received from Obanikoro and when he would return it but he is denying everything.
“He said in his statement on oath that he never received any money despite the overwhelming evidence. The man is refusing to cooperate despite the overwhelming evidence we have.”
The funds allegedly traced to Fayose were said to be part of the N4.7bn allegedly handed to Obanikoro by the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)
While about N1.3bn was allegedly given to Fayose, another N1.3bn was also allegedly handed over to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State in 2014, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The funds were said to have been transported from Lagos to Ekiti State by air.