Tension as Jonathan’s Son sends Buhari, EFCC Deadly Message

By Post Nigeria June 15, 2016 08:25

Tension as Jonathan’s Son sends Buhari, EFCC Deadly Message

The Political godson of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and ex-Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has on Tuesday, June 14, taken a deadly shot at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The former Minister on Tuesday night, condemned the gestapo manner in which the anti-graft agency, invaded his residences and carted away valuables.

The EFCC had on Tuesday afternoon, stormed the Lagos residences of Obanikoro, carting away with cars and other properties.

The two homes raided were the former minister’s private residence at Park View Estate and a house near Banana Island, where his two sons, Jide and Gbolahan, live with their families.

Report indicates that the officials, who stormed the two houses in the afternoon, were there till about 6:00pm.

Reacting, Obanikoro, who spoke through his media aide, Jonathan Eze, stated that the officials took vehicles, wristwatches and other personal belongings of the former minister and his sons, who are all in the United States.

Eze, claimed that they harassed innocent kids and intimidated the occupants of the properties, adding that the commission has never invited Obanikoro for questioning prior to the invasion.

“Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, in their characteristic Gestapo like manner, invaded Senator Obanikoro’s houses in Ikoyi with unnecessary intimidation and harassment of occupants who are majorly innocent kids, teenagers, his wife and daughter-in-laws not without carting away cars, wristwatches and other valuables.

“This is against the backdrop of the fact that the anti-graft agency has never invited him, nor his sons for questioning beyond the tirades and allegations they have been propagating using the media spaces.

“We are using this medium to draw attention of all Nigerians, to yet another infringement on the fundamental and inalienable rights of the Obanikoro family.

“Lovers of freedom should not wait until our democracy is put at irreversible damage. The list of human rights violations and political persecution has reached an alarming rate.

“We see this as an affront and a further show of shame and ignominy of this present administration hell bent in politically persecuting its perceived opponents in other to stoop them and rubbish their hard earned reputation of untainted public services.

“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 had no bearing with the purported investigation they are supposedly carrying out.

“We condemn in strong terms the brigandage and the idea of inflicting trauma on innocent dependents and violating their privacies without recourse to the rule of Law.

“Senator Obanikoro has consulted with his Lawyers and are prepared to meet them in court, to stop this intrusions and persecution,” Eze stated.

Confirming the raid, Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwajeren, said it was in line with ongoing investigations.

“I can tell you that no one was harassed in the course of the search and that it is part of ongoing investigation on the man. Our operatives who went there conducted their affairs in best practices and took some vehicles away.

“I cannot immediately give inventory on the things that were carted away, but that will be made known in due time. I do not think we need any permission from the man to do our job. Full details will be disclosed when we get there,” he said.