Obanikoro backs to Nigeria, heads for EFCC office

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(Last Updated On: 2016-10-17)

The former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, had returned to Nigeria from the United States of America, to honour the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) invitation.

Recalled that the EFCC had declared Obanikoro wanted over his role in the N4.7 billion allegedly expended on the 2014 Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections through the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, under Sambo Dasuki.

The money was alleged to have been sourced from funds meant for the procurement of arms.

Obanikoro who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos from US enroute Amsterdam on Monday headed for Abuja for his appointment with the anti-graft agency.

Aside Obanikoro, his two sons, Babajide and Gbolahan and a company belonging to them, Sylvan McNamara, are also being investigated by the EFCC.

The EFCC had said before now that it had obtained documentary evidences, including video clips to prove Obanikoro’s complicity in the whole affair.

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Obanikoro had reported to the commission.

He said, “The the former Minister of State for Defence is with the commission.”

Operatives in charge of the case are claiming with documentary proof that a total of N4.745bn was paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara during the period.

The company which was incorporated in November 2011 had Ikenna Ezekwe, Idowu Oshodi and Elizabeth Adeniyi as directors.

But the company resolved to open an account with Diamond Bank Plc on May 7, 2016 with Gbolahan Obanikoro, Babajide Obanikoro, Ikenna Ezekwe and Theresa Matuluko as signatories.

The EFCC had frozen the account of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and the account of McNamara with Diamond Bank for alleged illegal transaction in June, 2016.

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Investigation revealed that Obanikoro would be taken into custody as the operatives assembled to grill the former minister had not commenced the rigorous process by 3pm on Monday.

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