Alleged N6.9bn Fraud: Court Grants Fayose Permission To Travel Abroad For Medicals

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Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has been given permission by the Federal High Court in Lagos to receive medical treatment overseas.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did not object, thus the court granted permission.

Fayose is on trial in court for 11 charges of attempted money laundering and theft totaling N6.9 billion.

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defense, was the 12th prosecution witness to testify during the hearings on Tuesday.

Obanikoro responded to questions during cross-examination by the defense attorney, Olalekan Ojo, who started Obanikoro’s testimony on January 31.

He emphasized the function performed by one of his assistants, Justin Erukaa, who is now deceased, while responding to queries.

In an earlier testimony before the court, Obanikoro had said that he sent Erukaa on errands, including to collect over $1million and that Erukaa came to meet him in Ekiti.

The court had admitted in evidence the statement made by the late Erukaa before his death.

The monies in issue in the case were said to have originated from the Office of the former National Security Adviser (ONSA), Sambo Dasuki for the purpose of prosecuting the 2014 Ekiti State Governorship Elections.

Obanikoro had also reiterated his earlier testimony that he was not privy to any discussion between Fmr. Gov Ayo Fayose and the former NSA.

Justice Chukwuejekwu Aneke has adjourned further proceedings in the trial till July 18 and 19.