The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has recovered the sum of N473million out of the N4.68billion allegedly collected by former Minister of state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
In a recent interview, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay had said he does not know why Obanikoro was not listed among the looters.
Obanikoro allegedly shared the money to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore towards their 2014 governorship contests.
According to Daily Trust, the EFCC is set to commence the prosecution of Obanikoro.
The former Minister is now a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying that the sum of N350 million has been recovered from Omosore out of the N1.7bn allegedly transferred to him by Obanikoro.
The Commission, according to the newspaper, has also recovered the sum of N123 million from Obanikoro, who claimed he was only asked by the former National Security Adviser (NSA) to deliver the funds to Fayose and Omisore
The recovered funds, according to Daily Trust, are said to be part of the N4.68bn, allegedly collected by Senator Obanikoro from the office of former NSA, Sambo Dasuki in the run-up to the governorship election in Ekiti State in June 2014 and Osun State in August 2014.
Out of the N4.68bn allegedly received from the former NSA through Silva Mac Namera Limited, the sums of N1.3bn and $5m were said to have been separately given to Fayose while additional N300m was allegedly given to Omisore directly from the NSA’s office through FIMEX GUILT Nigeria Limited.
The balance of N685m, according to our source, was retained by Obanikoro out of which N123m has been recovered by the EFCC.
Daily Trust also gathered that choice properties worth N1.8bn allegedly purchased with proceeds of the funds located at Lagos and Abuja have also been recovered from Fayose and his sister Moji Ladeji.