THE immediate past Minister of
State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who was declared wanted by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, reported to the
Abuja headquarters of the commission to answer allegations levelled against
Obanikoro, who has been staying in
the United States of America (USA) since the end of the administration of
President Good luck Jonathan, under whom he served as a minister, came to an
end in May, last year.
The former minister, who is a
chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, prior to his
appearance at the anti-graft commission on Monday, had been having a running
battle with the commission over allegations of financial crimes.
The commission had searched
Obanikoro’s house in Ikoyi, Lagos, following claims that the former minister
used his sons to siphon public fund using their company, Sylvan McNamara.
The commission also alleged that
Obanikoro played vital roles in the build up to the 2014 governorship election
in Ekiti State, which was won by Ayodele Fayose of the PDP.
He was said to have been involved
in air lifting of N1.29 billion from the office of the former National Security
Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, out of the N4.745 billion arms funds between
April 4, 2014 and December 15, 2014.
The money, it was alleged, was
meant to compromise the governorship election in favour of the then PDP
candidate, Ayodele Fayose.
Urban Express learnt that
Obanikoro, who had sometimes ago said he was not going to return to the
country, arrived Lagos on Monday morning and proceeded to Abuja to report at
the anti-graft commission’s office.
A source at the commission confirmed
to Urban Express reporter that the former minister came to the commission’s
office in company with some lawyers and introduced himself at the entrance of the
operations section of EFCC at Idiagbon House and was ushered in to an office in
Obanikoro’s arrival to face
interrogators was confirmed by one of the operatives near the main entrance to
the Idiagbon House.