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Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by dre11(m): 9:14pm On May 10
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday abruptly stopped evidence by its 13th witness in the fraud trial of former Gov. Ayo Fayose, saying that it appeared the witness was trying to be hostile.

The witness, Mr Adewale Aladegbola, who introduced himself as a former driver of a bullion van in a first generation bank, had testified that he didn’t have any operation on April 16, 2015.

“I didn’t have any operation; more so, the bullion van which I was using was grounded on that date,’’ he said.

EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had asked the witness to tell the court what transpired on April 16, 2015, in relation to cash operation in the bank.
The EFCC arraigned Fayose on an 11-count charge on Oct. 22, 2018, alongside a company Spotless Investment Ltd.

The former governor, however, pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum.

EFCC opened its case on Nov. 19, 2018.

Led in evidence on Friday by Jacobs, Aladegbola testified that he worked in the Ado-Ekiti Branch of the bank as at 2015 and that his duty was cash picking.

The witness said that in the absence of any cash to pick, he worked in the marketing section.

When asked about the vehicles he used for his job, he said he used two vehicles, a bullion van and an escort van.

When asked to tell the court what transpired between him and one `Alfa’ named Oputu Okiemute, the witness said that he got to know him in August.

“He told me about the cash they had picked and that we need to cover up as if we had gone to pick it up officially, and I asked him: `What do you want me to do now as you said I was not aware?’” he said.

At this point, Jacobs told the court that the witness was departing from the contents of his extrajudicial statement to the EFCC.
“From the evidence this witness is giving, it appears he is trying to be hostile; he made a statement to the EFCC and now, he is trying to depart from the statement,” the counsel told the court.

He prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him to contemplate on the application to bring before the court on the development.
However, defence counsel, Messrs Ola Olanipekun (SAN) and Olalekan Ojo (SAN), objected to the request for adjournment.

According to them, the departure of a witness from his extrajudicial statement is not sufficient grounds for an adjournment.
Citing the provisions of Sections 230 of the Evidence Act, Ojo argued that the law required the prosecution in such a situation to cross-examine the witness.

Although, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun queried why prosecution could not instantly cross-examine the witness, she adjourned the case until May 14 for continuation of trial.

Earlier, the 12th prosecution witness, Mr Aliu Mukandaz, who is a Senior Manager with the Central Bank of Nigeria told the court that N2.2 billion was paid into the bank account of Silva McNamara.

He said that the account was to fund any security agency’s account.
On the role he played in the disbursement, he told the court that he had no role but to disburse payments on the directives of the account signatories.

According to him, the payment was authorised by a former national security adviser, who was a signatory to the account.
The had EFCC accused Fayose and one Abiodun Agbele to have on June 17, 2014, unlawfully taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election campaign in Ekiti.

The anti-graft agency said that the sum formed part of crime proceeds.

It alleged that Fayose received a cash payment of five million dollars (about N1.8 billion) from the former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, without going through any financial institution, saying that the sum exceeded the amount allowed by law.

It equally accused Fayose of retaining N300 million in his account and taking control of the aggregate sums of about N622 million which formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was also alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd. and Still Earth Ltd. to retain in their accounts, aggregate sums of N851 million which formed part of crime proceeds.

The defendant was also alleged to have unlawfully used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire property in Lagos and Abuja.
The EFCC also said that the former governor unlawfully used N200 million to acquire a property in Abuja in the name of his elder sister, Moji Oladeji.

The alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d) and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011.
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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by kingphilip(m): 9:17pm On May 10
Okay
Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by matify83: 9:33pm On May 10
A house divided against itself.

Little wonder why the antigraft agency delights in media trials than diligent prosecution of accused persons in our courts.

Just imagine how EFCC's own witness ran riot on them in court.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Dalexicographer(m): 11:13pm On May 10
SMH. .
This man ehn angry

Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Ibcrown(m): 11:14pm On May 10
The way them take give gators shut up ehn! Fear apc

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by NwaUnubi: 11:16pm On May 10
angry

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Memphitz537(m): 11:18pm On May 10
EFCC nor fit ever tender case for law court. Na always media trial dem like to dey do. Magu is just a bungling fool!!!

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by AkataYeriYeri: 11:18pm On May 10
matify83:
A house divided against itself.

Little wonder why the antigraft agency delight in media trials than diligent prosecution of accused persons in our courts.

Just imagine how EFCC's own witness ran riot on them in court.
Sharrap !
The witness was bribed by Pdp
He go soon hear am

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Buharifanatic: 11:19pm On May 10
Pejury or live babalawo presence is the way



By the time a few people go to prison for 10 years for lying people will have sense

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by illiteratepmb: 11:20pm On May 10
What did you expect?
Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by matify83: 11:21pm On May 10
AkataYeriYeri:

Sharrap !
The witness was bribed by Pdp
He go soon hear am

You're rude.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by MatthewN(m): 11:25pm On May 10
maybe the man has gotten a better deal from the other side, hence the change of song
Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Queenboy123(m): 11:26pm On May 10
Anybody who is only here to read comments, should tell me to give the person a chair.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by bodemattews: 11:35pm On May 10
Imagine you’re the judge and they are calling all these figures in your ears � and you earn only 7m per annum. Just imagine

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Opinedecandid(m): 11:37pm On May 10
Foyose is INNOCENT.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by seunmohmoh(f): 11:45pm On May 10
Failed country.
Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by MANNABBQGRILLS: 11:49pm On May 10
It is appaling to still see some youths supports all these criminals.
Hunger go soon reset una brain.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by sureheaven(m): 12:30am On May 11
I pity fayose, especially his children because their father will be jailed las las no matter how strong his herbalist is. No matter how far PDP/his lawyer or fayose himself try to impress the witnesses by bribing or by enchanting them.

Lies can travel for two decades, one day the truth will catch up.

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by Nbote(m): 12:40am On May 11
Jus imagine... D EFCC are d most daft organization in dis country. U have a case against a person, U go to social media and make all d noise there revealing ur witnesses and evidences and den wen U get to court I can't prove any of dem either becos U were stupid enough to show ur hand and d defendants knows jus what step to take next to counter ur move

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by rawtouch: 12:41am On May 11
the witness don change talk

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by topstone4: 1:29am On May 11
AkataYeriYeri:

Sharrap !
The witness was bribed by Pdp
He go soon hear am

So, why didn't you bribe the witness more like they bribed electorates to vote for them in ekiti?

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Re: Fayose: EFCC Counsel, Prosecution Witness Disagree In Court by focus7: 2:36am On May 11
Fayose has used ajatuka for them.

If you know you know

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