Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister (state) of defence, has hailed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for its professional handling of his interrogation for graft.
“We wish to use this medium to commend the EFCC for the mature way they went about the interrogations. They were truly professional”, Obanikoro said in a statement issued by Jonathan Eze, his media aide.
Eze also confirmed Obanikoro was detained by the operatives because his interrogation had not being concluded.
The statement said: “Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the immediate past minister of defence and foreign affairs arrived in Abuja this morning (yesterday) and headed straight for the office of the EFCC.
“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.
“As at now, interrogations have ended and it will continue tomorrow. However, the minister shall remain with the operatives for further questioning tomorrow. (today).
“The officials were impressed with his decision to honour their invitation and so far, there has been mutual cooperation and understanding between the agency and my principal.
“We wish to use this medium to commend the EFCC for the mature way they went about the interrogations. They were truly professional.
“Senator Obanikoro has served this country at every level from local government chairman till his appointments as minister twice and he is proud of his contributions so far. He is not a fugitive as has been erroneously painted in the media and his returning to the country on his own volition is a further testimony to this.”
Obanikoro is being grilled over a questionable payment of N4.7 billion by the Office of the National Security Adviser, then, headed by Sambo Dasuki. The money was said to have been funnelled through Diamond Bank accounts operated by Obanikoro’s sons – Babajide and Gbolahan. The brothers are also interest to the EFCC investigation but are currently holed in the United States.