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$2.1bn Arms Deal: Obanikoro Returns, Visits EFCC

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Posted: Oct 18, 2016 at 4:20 am   /   by   /   comments (1)


Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence, on Monday turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon his return to the country at the weekend.

Obanikoro has been having a running battle with the anti-graft agency on allegations bordering on financial crime.

He left for the United States shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the 2015 presidential election and he ceased being a minister.

The EFCC accused him of using his children to take out government contracts that were never executed.

Obanikoro, on a separate charge, was also implicated in the Ekiti election scandal.

The former minister had initially vowed not to return to the country, alleging persecution by the government as a means to discredit him.

However, a statement from the anti-graft agency on Monday confirmed reports of the former minister’s visit after several months of being on its wanted list.

Obanikoro, according to the EFCC statement, was wanted “over his involvement in the $2.1 billion armsgate for which former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) is being prosecuted by the Federal Government.”

The EFCC statement noted that the former minister, who returned from the U.S, where he fled soon after the 2015 general election, on Saturday, is still telling the operatives of the commission his involvement in the armsgate.”


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