- The daughter and wife of Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, were grilled by the EFCC
- This is a whole new dimension to the case, and we will continue to investigate to find out if it is related to the arms probe or not."
Shalewa Obanikoro, the daughter of Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, was called to Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to explain a transaction of N800m she allegedly made to her brothers' account.
According to Sahara Reporters' source in the anti-graft agency, Shalewa was interrogated for several hours alongside her mother, Moroophat.
An anonymous source said: "Obanikoro’s wife came to our office on Friday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn paid into Sylvan McNamara, a company owned by her sons.
During the investigation, we stumbled on the account of an oil company. We then discovered that Obanikoro’s daughter was a signatory to the account of the oil company and that millions of naira was paid into the account at different times.
We then invited the daughter, and she came to meet us at the office. During investigations, we found out that the daughter gave a standing order to the bank that N800m should be moved into another account.
We wondered why such a young girl would have access to such funds, so we started quizzing her. This is a whole new dimension to the case, and we will continue to investigate to find out if it is related to the arms probe or not."
Obanikoro has remained in the United States since June, 2015, where his two sons live. However, the EFCC seized the international passport of Shalewa to prevent her from towing the path of her father and brothers.
The investigator added: "We were told that she was planning on travelling to the US soon, so we swiftly seized her passport because she is vital to our investigation. However, we told her to be coming from home."
Recall that Moroophat was arrested on suspicion of complicity in the diversion of N4.7bn from the office of Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
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