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Obanikoro finally arrives Nigeria to answer corruption charges

17 October 2016, 10:05

Abuja - A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has arrived Nigeria in an apparent move to submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over allegation of financial crimes, Premium Times reports.

The EFCC had accused him of using his children to take out government contracts that were never executed and was also implicated in the Ekiti elections scandal.

He left for the United States shortly after his party lost the 2015 elections and he ceased being a minister.

He had initially vowed not to return to the country alleging persecution by the government as a means to discredit him.

It is not immediately clear when he planned to submit himself to the EFCC, but Demola Olarewaju, an associate of the politician confirmed his arrival.

Olarewaju said Obanikoro had moved to Abuja from Lagos and could visit the EFCC headquarters on Monday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) froze an account belonging to Shalewa Obanikoro, the daughter of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

According to EFCC investigators, about N1.2bn whose source is unknown passed through the account which belongs to an oil firm.

The anti-graft agency according to News 24 had, last week, grilled Shalewa and seized her passport to prevent her from travelling to the U.S.

- News 24


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