EFCC Vs Fayose: Obanikoro Leads 21 Other Witnesses Against Fayose
The former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who submitted himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has started his trial like Brother Jero.
The difference is that Fayose’s trial is that of corruption and so many witnesses have been listed to testify against the man also referred to as ‘Peter The Rock’.
Fayose, who sat still and smiled all through while the charges were read, appeared to have seen all these coming when he submitted himself, but what he may not have seen in his crystal ball was 22 persons would be witnessing against him.
They may have assured the EFCC that they 'WILL' come to court when the time to begin proper trial of the former Governor comes.
The EFCC is alleging that Mr Fayose benefited from the 4.65 billion Naira slush funds allocated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Sambo Dasuki.
One of those in the EFCC’s list is a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was also a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
It is alleged that he ferried over 3 billion Naira to Fayose.
Other key witnesses are: former Director of Finance in ONSA, Salisu Shuaibu and Ayotunde Owope, who was Fayose’s account officer.
While the EFCC may have expressed readiness to bring these witnesses to court, some cases of the anti-graft agency in court have stalled at different times because it failed to provide witnesses when they were needed.
One of such cases that such failure to produce witnesses had stalled are the trial of former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu which was stalled on January 16, 2018, due to the failure of the EFCC to produce one of its major witnesses in court.
The EFCC said the witness was on the run.
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Another case was that of the indicted officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which could not go on because of the lead prosecutors at the EFCC failed to produce its witness for trial to continue.
Trail meant to hold on January 11, 2018, was adjourned because of this.
The former governor is appearing in court for the first time since he submitted himself to the EFCC.
He had last week said he would not be intimidated to accept corruption allegations against him.
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