By Ola Adeola
Musiliu Obanikoro, currently detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over his alleged involvement in the diversion of N4.7 billion state funds, appeared to have lied the latter didn’t invite him prior to now.
Obanikoro in his protestation against the allegation and raid of his ParkView Ikoyi home, tweeted on June 15 via his handle @MObanikoro, saying “Let me reiterate clearly: I have never received any invitation from EFCC over any issue up till date. This invasion (of his home) therefore is premature”.
However, a statement by Jonathan Eze, Obanikoro’s aide, on Monday night, betrayed the former minister’s lie.
Speaking on Obanikoro’s detention, Eze wrote: “This is consequent upon an invitation sent to him by the anti-graft body, which was received on June 15, 2016, coincidentally at a time and period he was pursuing academic postgraduate degree in the United States”.
The EFCC had accused Obanikoro and his two sons – Babajide and Gbolahan – of using their company, Mc Namara to funnel the funds gotten through the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA – then, headed by Sambo Dasuki.
Part of money, the EFCC alleged, was spent on the election of Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2015, and that Obanikoro, then junior defence minister, also had his cut of the slush fund.
Obanikoro had earlier alleged witch hunt and claimed injustice was done to him and his sons.
Let me reiterate clearly: I have never received any invitation from EFCC over any issue up till date. This invasion therefore is premature.
— Musiliu Obanikoro (@MObanikoro) June 15, 2016