The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has strongly denied reports that its operatives raided an Abuja apartment belonging to two sons of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
According to an earlier report by Premium Times, anti-graft agents invaded the residence belonging to Aliyu and Mustapha in the Maitama area of Abuja on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
The building was also reported to house another apartment owned by Chiemeka Orji, the son of former Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, who's under EFCC investigation over how he managed state funds when he was governor between 2007 and 2015.
Even though Aliyu and Mustapha were not around, or even in the country, when the raid happened, operatives were reported to have forcibly searched the apartment looking for 'a large cache of dollars', according to a source that spoke to Premium Times.
In response, the EFCC took to its Twitter account (@officialEFCC) on Monday, December 10, to announce that the raid had nothing to do with Atiku's sons. According to the statement, the raid on the Abuja building was strictly in connection to Orji's sons who are suspected of aiding their father in money laundering activities.
The statement read, "The recent arrest of Ogbonna Orji, son of Sen. Theodore Orji, over money laundering, has absolutely nothing to do with son of ex-VP Atiku Abubakar.
"The former Abia governor has been under investigations by the EFCC, for money laundering activities, which was discovered to have been carried out through his sons.
"The EFCC had been on the trail of cars allegedly bought by the sons, and last Friday the cars were traced to a night club in Abuja, where operatives waited patiently through the night to arrest the owners - Ogbonna and his friend, Kelvin Ilonah.
"They were arrested at about 5am on Saturday, and they led operatives to their three-flat apartment, where documents retrieved showed that it was rented at a rate of N13million per annum.
"They have so far given useful information to the EFCC, which is aiding in investigations. It should be made clear that the EFCC never "went after" Atiku's sons, neither was Atiku's son arrested by the EFCC."
Atiku is President Muhammadu Buhari's biggest challenger in the 2019 presidential election scheduled for February 16, 2019.