Trial of an ally to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, continued Monday, with the Federal High Court in Abuja, admitting into evidence, documents detailing how the defendant lodged N1.2billion into various Zenith Bank accounts.
Trial Justice Nnamdi Dimgba admitted the documents on a day the star witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Alade Oluseye Sunday, told the court that he became worried upon sighting the “raw cash” he said was brought by air.
Sunday, who is the Branch head of Zenith Bank in Akure, said the fund which was moved in two tranches, was stuffed inside Ghana-must-go bags.
The witness said he was among the team that evacuated the money to the bank with a bullion van after it was flown to the Akure airport in a medium sized aircraft by Senator Musliu Obanikoro, before the 2015 general election.
Asked if he was aware of the Suspicion Transaction Report (STR) or any financial task force against such financial deal, the witness answered in the affirmative, saying he however did not report the transactions because it was not his duty to do so.
He told the court that there was a department in charge of making such report, and it was duly notified.
The witness who was cross-examined by the defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said he never met the defendant prior to the June 17, 2014 transactions.
He said he was however not scared that a customer he had not met before was bringing raw cash to his branch by air, but got worried when the second aircraft arrived.
He told the court that when the aircraft landed at the Akure airport, Agbele took custody of the money and transferred same to the bank officials, including instructions on how they were to be transported to the Akure branch of the Zenith Bank.
When asked on whose instruction the monies were transferred, he said; “The instruction was given by Biodun Agbele. The transaction was processed on behalf of Agbele, the cash was mostly in 1000 bill while the rest were in 500, and were deposited into the accounts of Spotless Investment, De Privateer limited and to Ayodele Fayose’s account”.