Obanikoro ‘Come and clear your family name,’ APC tells Ex-minister

Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence, has been accused of helping Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti to rig the elections that brought him into power.

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The spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has called on Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and his sons to come back to Nigeria and defend themselves.

Igbokwe said “I advise the Obanikoro family to come back and prove that they have nothing to do with these allegations. They must come to clear their family name. It is important that they do this because the money that we are talking about is too huge for them to just brush aside.

“Issuing statements is not enough especially when there is evidence that cannot be ignored. So, they better come back because if they don’t, America, which has promised to support us, will extradite them.”

Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence, has been accused of helping Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti to rig the elections that brought him into power.

Two of the former minister’s sons, Gbolahan and Babajide, have also been indicted in the ongoing investigation into the $2.1b arms purchase scam.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleged that Sylvan McNamara Limited, a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro’s sons, got part of the $2.1b arms fund.

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According to Vanguard, investigations revealed that N 4,745,000,000.00 was paid into the company’s account number 0026223714 with Diamond bank, in bits, from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Musiliu Obanikoro has challenged the EFCC to make public its findings about  Sylvan McNamara Limited, and also list the names of account signatories and directors of the company.

The Lagos APC spokesman also reminded Obanikoro that Nigeria has an extradition agreement with the United States of America.

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