Arms Procurement Fraud: DSS Arrests, Questions Obanikoro’s Wife
The Department of State Services has arrested Alhaja Moroophat Onikoro, the wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
The wife of the former minister who had just returned from the United States, was arrested in front of her husband’s house located on Layi Ajayi-Bembe Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday.
A DSS source who spoke to the Punch claimed she was picked up in connection with the N4.7bn allegedly diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
She was however released to return home after interrogation at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ikoyi and told to return on Friday.
“We released her after interrogation. The woman cooperated fully with us and we allowed her to go because we don’t hold people hostage. We asked her questions and she answered respectfully,” a source in the EFCC stated.
According to the Nation, a source disclosed that she was arrested after sneaking into the country from the US.
Following intelligence sharing with the EFCC, the operatives of the DSS arrested her in Lagos with some documents relating to the probe of the N4.745billion slush funds from ONSA.
Another source spoke with excitement about Mrs. Obanikoro’s arrest because “some of the funds under investigation were wired into her company, which is called MOB.
“She needs to explain to this commission what job she did to deserve such remittance into her account,” the source said.
EFCC had raided the ex-minister’s house in June and made away with some documents said to have linked Obanikoro to the N4.7bn allegedly siphoned from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The EFCC had also sealed a house belonging to Obanikoro’s two sons, Babajide and Gbolahan, on Banana Island.
Obanikoro’s wife, who was in the house at the time of the search, alleged that her rights were abused and had even sued the EFCC for N100m.
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