Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence, has spent his first night in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


His counsel, James Onoja, SAN, had confirmed to Premium Times that Obanikoro will pass the night at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.

“He submitted himself to them upon returning to the country this morning.” Mr. Onoja said, adding that “Unfortunately, he won’t be out again today.”

The ex-minister who landed the country on Monday morning went straight to Abuja to meet the EFCC over allegations of N4.75b arms funds traced to his account and that of his sons.

Obanikoro’s lead counsel further added that the former minister may be grilled overnight by the detectives of the commission.

Onoja noted that his client wrote a statement and informed investigators all that he believed transpired.

“He told them all he knew in his statement, so we hope he’ll be released tomorrow (Tuesday).”

“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 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.

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