"Stop harassing my innocent wife," - Ex-minister tells EFCC

Describing her as "innocent," the former minister warned the EFCC to resist every temptation of prosecuting his wife.

Musiliu Obanikoro and wife.

Musiliu Obanikoro, the former minister of state for defence, has reacted to media reports on the encounter between his wife, Moroophat and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Obanikoro dismissed claims that his wife was arrested while trying to evacuate documents saying "such fabrication and can only survive in their (EFCC) warped and distorted minds."

The former minister disclosed that his wife was suffering from high blood pressure and other heart ailments.

“We are saddened by the fact that the media was awash with false and conflicting information about the invitation of Senator Obanikoro’s wife.

“Ordinarily, we considered ignoring these concocted lies but for the sake of discerning and right thinking public, hence the need to straighten matters.

“First, Alhaja Moroophat has always been in the country managing her businesses as against the lie that she sneaked in last week from the United States. She is an innocent woman who has no dealings at all with any of the businesses that they are investigating and totally unaware of the alleged transactions.

“Second, No documents were found in her possession and the lie that she was arrested while trying to evacuate documents is a It should also be noted that the officials only came to invite her for questioning and as against the phrase that she was whisked away. Her driver actually drove her in her own car to the office of the DSS.

“Third, it was shamefully reported that the DSS were involved because there were so many armed policemen guiding her. This is another fabricated lie. Even when he was serving as minister, his family never enjoyed any police protection let alone after leaving office and as a woman who is above board in all her dealings, she does not need one.

“Finally, we are using this medium to call on the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to resist from persecuting an innocent woman who has no dealings at all with any of the businesses that they are investigating and totally unaware of the alleged transactions,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose has denied allegations that he conspired with Obanikoro to launder public funds.

Both Fayose and Obanikoro have been accused of using the money to rig the June 2014 elections in the state.

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