Nigeria’s anti corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has questioned the pilot who flew N1.2 billion from Abuja to Governor Ayodele Fayose.of Ekiti State. former minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro to interrogated
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During interrogation, Captain Ahmed Borodo, confirmed that he flew the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro on June 17,2014 from Lagos to Akure on a HS-125 aircraft to deliver the cash to Governor Ayo Fayose. The EFCC says that the money was a part of the N4.7bn transferred from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser to the bank account of Sylvan McNamara, a company owned by Minister Obanikoro’s two sons.
The pilot said he also warned the Minister that the aircraft was too small and thus could not carry so much weight.
According to a source within the EFCC:
“The pilot told us that on June 17, 2014, he was instructed by his company around 7am to prepare the aircraft for an 8.30am flight from Lagos to Akure. He was informed that the client was Obanikoro. He said he, along with his colleagues including one Capt. Olubiyi Famuyiwa got on the plane.
“He said Obanikoro’s aides arrived at the tarmac with some bullion vans and started offloading the contents which were in big green tarpaulin bags. He informed them that the aircraft could only carry about eight or nine bags due to its small size.
“The pilot said at that point, Obanikoro intervened and began pleading with him to allow them load all the bags on the plane but he refused and then the minister, his ADC and a friend boarded the plane and the aircraft departed.”
“The pilot said on getting to the Akure airport, some soldiers received them and the bags were offloaded and put into a bullion van. He noted that the plane returned empty to Lagos.
“He said that the next day, he returned to Akure and then flew Obanikoro to Abuja with his Aide-de-Camp, Lt. Adewale.”
The plane was filled to the brim during the first trip to Ekiti as there was no space to carry the Minister and his cohorts because money occupied very space in the plane. It was during the second trip to Ekiti that Obanikoro was able to join the flight. The General Manager of the airline, Mr. Jide West, also told the EFCC that Minister Obanikoro paid $25,200 for both flights.