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    Monday, 17 October 2016

    EFCC detains Obanikoro over allege N4.75b arms fund

     Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of State for defence, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    Obanikoro, who arrived Nigeria Monday morning, visited the corporate headquarters of EFCC in Abuja in connection with the allegation of tracing the whopping sum to the accounts of his sons.

    James Onoja, Obanikoro’s counsel confirmed the detention of the former minister to Premium Times in Abuja.

    His words: “Obanikoro submitted himself to them upon returning to the country this morning (Monday). Unfortunately, he won’t be out again today.”

    The lawyer said Obanikoro told his interrogators all he knew about the arms funds. “He told them all he knew in his statement, so we hope he’ll be released tomorrow (today)” but “if he’s not released, then we’ll have to do the needful.

    At least we have the courts and this is still a country that should be governed by the rule of law.”

    The former minister, who had initially vowed not to return to the country alleging persecution by the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government, flew into the country  Monday.

    The EFCC is investigating a firm belonging to two sons of Obanikoro, Sylvan McNamara for receiving N4.75bn arms funds from the office of the former National Security Adviser between April 4, 2014, and December 15, 2014.

    The two sons are Babajide and Gbolahan. The Commission is claiming, with documentary proof, that N4.745bn was paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara during the period.

    Obanikoro was also implicated in the Ekiti elections scandal where soldiers allegedly connived with the then PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose, to manipulate the elections.

    Fayose later won the election against the incumbent governor and APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi.However, Obanikoro has denied any wrongdoing.

    Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity for the anti-graft agency is yet to issue a statement on Obanikoro’s interrogation and detention so far.
    Source: PM news

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