EFCC raids Obanikoro’s Lagos homes, carts away valuables



Official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raided two houses belonging to former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, in Ikoyi, Lagos, carting away cars, wristwatches and other valuables.

The two houses raided were Obanikoro’s private residence at Park View Estate and another near Banana Island where two of his children, Jide and Gbolahan live.

Media aide to the former minister, Jonathan Eze, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.“To our chagrin, the vehicles driven away were cars and trucks bought since 2006 and thereabouts when Senator Obanikoro served as an ambassador in Ghana, among others which obviously has no bearing with the purported investigation they are supposedly carrying out,” he said.

Eze, however, disclosed that Obanikoro had consulted with his lawyers, who said he said were prepared to meet the EFCC in court.Two officials of Osun State government were also quizzed yesterday by the EFCC over alleged corruption by the government of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

A source at the anti-graft agency gave the names of the officials as Permanent Secretary and a Deputy Director, Account in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Messrs Mufutau Oluwadare and Adewale Ibrahim respectively.

The source said they were being questioned as part of investigation by Governor Aregbesola into alleged diversion of the monthly allocations of 30 local councils.

Also, the Chairman of the Governing Council, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Mr. Oyeniyi Akande, and some principal officers of the institution were also said to have reported at the EFCC Ibadan office yesterday over alleged abuse of office and diversion of public funds.

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