Barring any last minute changes, Musiliu Obanikoro, Nigeria’s former minister of state for defence, will sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, June 15, 2016
Musiliu Obanikoro is heading to the court to challenge infringement by the EFCC
The EFCC had on Tuesday stormed Obanikoro’s two houses in Lagos sealing the buildings and allegedly carting away belongings of the man who also contested in 2015 for the position of governor of Lagos state.
Obanikoro was away in the United States of America where he just bagged a doctorate degree when the raid occurred.
The anti-graft agency took cars and wristwatches away with Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman, reportedly confirming the raid and saying that a list of the things carted away would soon be made public.
Jonathan Eze, the spokesman for Obanikoro, disclosed that the politician’s lawyers are currently being assembled to challenge the alleged infringement on his rights.
He also said he was not aware that the commission had a warrant from a court as some of its officials claimed they do not need any warrant to carry out their job.
The officials reportedly intimidated and harassed occupants of the two buildings said to include innocent kids, teenagers, Obanikoro’s wife and daughters-in-law, but Uwujaren said nobody was harassed and that the agency does not need any permission from the man to do its job.
An earlier statement from Obanikoro media office said he was not invited to answer any question before the raid.
“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 on politically persecuting its perceived opponents in other to stoop them and rubbish their hard-earned reputation of untainted public services.