Connect with us


DASUKIGATE: Obanikoro’s wife loses house to FG



DASUKIGATE: Obanikoro’s wife loses house to FG

Moroophat, the wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, is to lose her property to the federal government.

Justice Y. Halilu of the FCT High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja on Monday, ordered the forfeiture of the property belonging to Moroophat, pending the outcome of corruption investigations into her husband and children.

The court also rejected a prayer by Obanikoro’s wife asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to pay her the sum of N200million for violating her fundamental rights.

As part of investigations into the alleged $2.1 billion arms scam involving the Office of the National Security Adviser, the EFCC said it had traced the transfer of about N4.7 billion to the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara, a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro’s two sons – Gbolahan and Babajide.

Out of the N4.7 billion, Obanikoro allegedly gave N3.880 billion to Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore in July 2014, as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidates in Ekiti and Osun states respectively.

The EFCC subsequently seized a house in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State allegedly belonging to Obanikoro’s sons – Gbolahan and Babajide – and a property located at 44, Mamman Kotangora Crescent, Katampke Extension, Abuja, belonging to Obanikoro’s wife.

Read also: Ohanaeze Ndigbo rallies South-east governors to first meeting in 2 years

However, the wife argued that she bought the property over seven years before the alleged arms scam took place.

She said the EFCC had no right to punish her for any crime allegedly committed by her husband and urged the court to award her N200million as cost against EFCC.

Her prayers: “an order setting aside the sealing of the property; an order directing the EFCC to tender an unreserved public apology for the unlawful and unconditional invasion of the aforesaid property and the sum of N200,000,000 as general damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional invasion of the property”.

In a counter affidavit, deposed to by one Jackson Edet, the EFCC claimed that Obanikoro’s wife could not claim to be ignorant of her husband’s alleged crime.

The Commission said Moroophat’s husband and her sons collected over N600 million from the ONSA for a non-existent contract.

The EFCC argued that investigation had shown that, “the property belongs to Musiliu Obanikoro and he paid for the statutory charges for the property.”

The Commission added, “That a lawyer, Tejumola Adeboye, who volunteered a statement to the EFCC, stated that he managed the said property and remits the rent to MON Integrated Services (a company allegedly owned by Obanikoro, which is also under probe).”

In his ruling, Justice Halilu said he could not stop the EFCC from doing its work, adding that all Nigerians must unite in the fight against corruption.

“I shall refuse the application because it is most unmeritorious and specially packaged to deceive this court”, the judge ruled.

RipplesNigeria ….without borders, without fears

Click here to download the Ripples Nigeria App for latest updates

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now