ECONOMIC and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has insisted that embattled former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was at the Abuja office of the Commission on Monday where he agreed to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele during prosecution.
A highly placed source at the EFCC yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that there is no way the commission will spare Obanikoro from arraignment despite his offer to the commission. According to the source, the embattled senator actively participated in the sharing of the N4.7billion loot, adding that Obanikoro alone cornered over N1billion from the said money that was released through Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN, by the instructions of
former NSA,SamboDasuki. The source said, “Senator Obanikoro came to the EFCC office on Monday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7billion. Since he has confessed that he was the one who collected the N4.7billion and distributed it, he is in the best position to testify in court. “The EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity. Obanikoro
has agreed and will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses. “If Agbele is convicted, it automatically means that Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018. So let Fayose continue to play games. Omisore and Obanikoro are cooperating and returning money. Their troubles will end soon while Fayose’s own will keep getting worse.” When contacted, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out. “I have been in court all day so I was not aware that he (Obanikoro) was with the EFCC. I will find out,” he said. However, a source told our correspondent that the EFCC could still charge Obanikoro to court whether he cooperates with the EFCC or not because he actively participated in the crime. He said, “Obanikoro has returned N104million and has pledged to return N480million in instalments every four months but if he cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others. “Plea bargain and negotiation are a standard practice in criminal justice across the world.” Obanikoro had told the EFCC in his statement of oath that he received N4.7billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. SamboDasuki in June 2014.

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