How I Drove N1.2 billion to Fayose’s Hotel – Bullion Van Driver Reveals
A bullion van driver has confessed to conveying N1.219bn, to a hotel owned by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State just before the 2014 gubernatorial election in the state, the economic and Financial Commission has claimed.
Fayose is being investigated by the EFCC for allegedly receiving the N1.219bn, which was believed to be part of N4.7 billion diverted from the office of the national security adviser through a company owned by the sons of former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The driver, Mr. Olaoluwa Omotoso, reportedly told the EFCC that he drove the bullion van to the Akure airport tarmac on June 17, 2014, to transport the N1.219bn allegedly flown from Lagos by Obanikoro.
Omotoso told EFCC detectives that he made two separate trips to the airport because of the large volume of cash.
The driver confessed that part of the money was taken to a bank in Alagbaka, Akure, on the instruction of Fayose’s friend, Agbele, while the remaining money was taken to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, owned by Fayose.
According to the Punch, an unnamed detective said:
“Omotoso explained that on June 17, 2014, he was given a directive to go to the Akure airport to convey some funds. He said he went to the airport twice to move the money. He said some of the money was taken to a bank while he, along with Agbele, moved the remaining cash to Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti.
“He said the money was moved in three vehicles, including one bullion van and two Toyota Hilux vans. The two Toyota Hilux vans had some soldiers inside for security while Agbele was with him in the van.
“He said he did not know exactly how much was conveyed. He explained that Agbele held the keys to the vault in the bullion van. On getting to Spotless Hotel at night, they offloaded the cash and Agbele entered the vehicle to search and ensure that no money was left behind. Agbele then returned the keys and Omotoso drove off.”
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