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Fayose’s Closest Ally, Abiodun Agbele Sent To ‘Prison’ By Court


Ayodele Fayose
 
Abiodun Agbele who has been linked with a fraud case with Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has been remanded in prison. 
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday remanded an associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in Kuje Prison, Abuja, till Thursday when it would deliver ruling on his application for bail. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba made the order of remand after Agbele was arraigned on 11 counts of money laundering involving N1,219,000,000 said to be part of N4,685,723,000 allegedly transferred unlawfully from the account
of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Arraigned along with Agbele were three companies, Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, De Privateer Limited and Spotless Investment Limited. Agbele is said to be the Managing Director of De Privateer Limited and a former Director, Finance and Account of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission.
The prosecution stated that Agbele and other suspects said to be at large used the companies (named as accused persons) to disburse the funds which were allegedly released fraudulently by the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.). The prosecution stated in two of the counts that those with whom Agbele allegedly committed some of the crimes were at large.
The suspects on the run according to the EFCC, are a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; Lt. A. O. Adewale; and Olalekan Ogunseye, said to be a sole signatory to the account of Sylvan Mcnamara Limited.
The prosecution stated that the accused persons did retain, transfer and convert part of the proceeds of the funds for their personal use, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that they were part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”
All the 11 counts preferred against the accused were said to be contrary to section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended in 2012).
The offences were said to be punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act. Agbele pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him on Wednesday.

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