According to a statement released by the agency, Alade, a manager and Branch Head of the Zenith Bank Plc., Akure, whose evidence started on Thursday, October 27, 2016, maintained that the sum of N1, 219,490,000 (one billion, two hundred and nineteen million, four hundred and ninety thousand naira) conveyed to the bank via two aircrafts were handed over to him by the first defendant (Agbele). He said; “The money was mostly in N1000 notes while the rest were in N500 notes. Agbele gave us the instruction to transfer the monies to different accounts. Some were paid into De Privateer Limited, some into Spotless investment limited while some where paid into Ayodele Fayose’s account”, Alade confessed.
Under cross-examination by Agbele’s counsel, Mike Ozekome, Alade maintained that he had never met the first defendant and had never discussed any money matters with him prior to June 2014; “I got worried when I saw the huge amount of money conveyed by the aircrafts that day. It took us ten working days to count the money and each day, the uncounted sum is stored in the strong room as ‘boxed’ cash”, he said.
However, when asked whether he reported the transaction as suspicious to any authority, the witness, Mr. Alade, admitted that he did not because it was not his job to do so.
The case has been adjourned to November 17, 2016 for further hearing. Meanwhile, Agbele is facing an 11-count charge for allegedly diverting N4.6billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Source: EFCC Official Facebook page