The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has lined up 22 witnesses to testify against Ayodele Fayose, the immediate-past Ekiti State Governor.
The EFCC will arraign the former governor before the Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged fraud of N2.2bn.
Some of the witnesses reportedly lined up to testify against the former governor include the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, and a former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Alex Otti.
Also set to testify is Ayotunde Owope, who is reportedly Fayose’s account officer.
The EFCC has reported that Owope opened a bank account for Fayose and “he will give evidence on how funds were transferred from one account into another.”
Listed as the second witness, Obanikoro is expected to testify about how delivered the amount of N2.2bn from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to Fayose in June 2014.
Obanikoro is said to have details about Fayose’s alleged request to have 1.2bn delivered to him in cash while the remaining N800m should be converted to US dollars.
However, it has been reported that the Obanikoro has left the country without a definite return date.
“Obanikoro traveled out on Wednesday evening, saying he wanted to go for medical treatment. He gave no date when he would return,” a source in the EFCC told Sunday Punch.
Meanwhile, the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Otti, is expected to provide details on a how Obanikoro allegedly informed him of a pending transfer from the Central Bank of Nigeria into a Diamond Bank account of a firm called Sylvan McNamara Ltd. According to the reports, Otti was also supposed to expatiate on the instruction to wire the money or most of it to Ekiti.
Fayose will be standing trial alongside a firm Spotless Limited.
If you know anything about these kinds of prosecutions in Nigeria, it always ends up being marathons – never sprints. It was always expected that Fayose would be in EFCC net at the end of his tenure, but we would soon find out if the commission had prepared a strong case that could nail the ex-governor.