The family, friends and associates of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the former Minister of State for Defence, are trying to gather about N100million to secure his release from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detention.
A family member noted that they are doing everything possible to ensure he did not spend another week under the EFCC custody.
The family member also added that they are all worried about his health.
“We are concerned about his health and we are not ready to see him still in detention beyond Tuesday this week. The man’s life is more important than the money they are asking him questions about,” the source stated (as seen on Punch).
The source noted that the EFCC had told Obanikoro to raise N100million so that he can be granted an administrative bail.
“If that is the only condition to see him out of detention for now, we are making efforts to raise that. You know the situation of the country now, but no sacrifice is too much to make him a free man again.”
Obanikoro had allegedly stated that he gave about N3.88billion to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Senator Iyiola Omisore the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last Osun State governorship election won by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He added that N785million was spent on anti-Boko Haram campaign in Lagos State.
However, the EFCC operatives interrogating him were not satisfied with his explanation on how N785million was spent on the anti-Boko Haram campaign in only Lagos State.
Obanikoro allegedly told them that N200million was spent on surveillance, another N200million on logistics and N385million on operations, all under the supervision of a company, Sylvan McNamara, through which about N4.7billion was siphoned from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki.
According to Obanikoro’s spokesman, Mr. Jonathan Eze, he said that the former Defence Minister is under medication as he sustained a spinal cord injury.
“Everything about investigation and interrogation, as far as I am concerned, is not done hastily. In as much as I would want a situation whereby Oga (Obanikoro) would have been released by now, we have no choice than to just play by the rule.
“They have said it themselves that Oga is cooperating, and because they have acknowledged his cooperation, they should speed up whatever they are doing, so that Oga can go back.
“Oga is not even strong, health-wise, so that he can go and take care of himself and considering the fact that he came on his own volition, without being arrested or declared wanted, I think he should be attended to fast.”
“He is a senior citizen, he can’t do anything that is untoward and he will always be around. We just hope that this new week, he would be released unconditionally.”