Denying all allegations made against him by the EFCC, Senator Obanikoro has alleged that the agency has manufactured evidence in order to pin him.
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
Accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of unprofessionalism, former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, says the ani-graft agency are concocting evidence against his person out of desperation to nail him.
The one-time Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Jonathan Eze, on Friday while reacting to a report published by The PUNCH on the former minister’s involvement in the N.4.7bn allegedly transferred from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser into his sons’ company account, Sylvan McNamara.
The EFCC had alleged that Obanikoro allegedly took N168m from the money and then converted it to dollars at a Bureau de Change and was given a receipt which he signed.
However, Obanikoro denied the allegations. He said when operatives of the commission ransacked his home in Lagos last month; they made away with vital documents and then altered them to suit their story.
The statement partly read, “Recall that when the EFCC illegally raided my houses in Lagos, they went away with various documents which included blank signed letter headed papers as testified in the Affidavit sworn in the Court.
“It has however come to my notice that the EFCC has allegedly written an acknowledgement on one of the documents purportedly used as evidence that I collected the equivalent sum of $1m in cash from a Bureau de Change and signed for it.
“This is another lie from the pit of hell. How can anybody change money from a Bureau De Change and sign for it?
“I still insist that throughout my stints as Minister, I never collected any money from any Bureau De Change and as such, I urge the public to ignore the EFCC who are trying to skew investigations in its favour.
“The EFCC has obviously betrayed public trust by its latest sinister plan of manufacturing receipt in my name. Instead of genuinely carrying out its mandate, it has been grossly overshadowed by political wiles.
“Last month, The PUNCH newspaper had quoted a detective at the EFCC saying: “The owner of A. A. G. B. S Oil and Gas confirmed to us that the company is a BDC but was only bearing the name of an oil company. He confirmed that he received N168m from Sylvan McNamara and $1m was delivered to Obanikoro in cash while he was the Minister of State for Defence based on the exchange rate at the time.
“Obanikoro acknowledged receipt of the cash and we have recovered evidence.”