The 11th prosecution witness, PW11, Joanne Tolulope, in the ongoing trial of a former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, revealed to Justice Chukujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos how Fayose’s associate, Abiodun Agbele, had allegedly bought properties worth N1.3 billion within four months.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Command had, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, re-arraigned Fayose on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering and stealing to the tune of N6.9bn( Six Billion Nine Hundred Naira).
The defendants had first been arraigned on October 22, 2018 before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.
The witness, who is an in-house counsel for Still Earth Limited, also told the court that the company deals in real estate and also renovates properties to meet the needs and expected standards of their clients.
According to her, Agbele had put a call to the company, sometime between March and July 2015, to ask if they had properties for sale.
“Again, in July 2015, he approached us and bought charlets 6 and 9 for N573 million and some figures.
“He also approached us to register the Deed of Assignment in the name of JJ Technical Service.”
However, when Jacobs sought to tender the Deed of Assignment as an exhibit before the court, counsel to the defendant, Ola Olanipekun, SAN, objected to its admissibility.
In her further testimony, she said: “ In January 2015, the sum of N105,750,000, was received from Capital Field Investment and Trust Limited. The sum of N39,500,000 was received from Hoss Concept. Also, another N40 million was received from De Privateer Limited. In February 2015, De Privateer Limited paid N200 million, while the sum of N132,500,000 was paid by a company called Sam Chase.”
The case has been adjourned to ( Today) Thursday, December 2, 2021.