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Court Rejects Obanikoro’s Wife Lawsuit Against EFCC, Seizes Her Mansion In Abuja

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Court Rejects Obanikoro’s Wife Lawsuit Against EFCC, Seizes Her Mansion In Abuja

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Feb 28, 2017 – Court Rejects Obanikoro’s Wife Lawsuit Against EFCC, Seizes Her Mansion In Abuja

Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, has ordered that Alhaja Moroophat Obanikoro, the wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, should forfeit her property pending the outcome of investigations into her husband and children.

The court also rejected a prayer asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to pay her the sum of N200m for violating her fundamental human rights.

Sahara Reporters however, reports that Obanikoro’s wife has headed for the Appeal Court to challenge the court judgment.

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

Out of the N4.7bn, Obanikoro allegedly gave N3.880bn to Ayodele Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore in July 2014, when they were the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidates in Ekiti and Osun states respectively.

Part of the money allegedly given to Fayose was said to have been converted to $5.377m and handed to him at Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

Obanikoro allegedly kept over N600m to himself.

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 their mother.

However, Obanikoro’s 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 N200m.

Obanikoro’s wife demanded “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 an 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 N600m 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 commission, 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, the Justice Y. Halilu said he could not stop the EFCC from doing its work, adding that all Nigerians must unite in the fight against corruption.

He added, “I shall refuse the application because it is most unmeritorious and specially packaged to deceive this court. God forbid.”

Sahara Reporters



  1. Jilo

    February 28, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    When Buhari was around this guy has no gut to challenge EFCC but now since Buhari is on sick bed, he can go to Appeal Court even Supreme Court to fight a case that he knew he was guilty of. This Country is finished. Democracy cannot work anymore in this Country unless if we want to deceive ourselves. We cannot correct our endemic corrupt situation without China treatment. All these corrupt people must die if this Country must survive.

    We need young honest Military officers in collaboration with Nigerian youth to start wiping out these corrupt people one by one. If our youths can stand up for themselves, occupy those houses, seize most of their businesses, then this Country will then have hope of better Nigeria otherwise, we are in for long journey of bleak future, inflation and poverty. Do not think any messaih will come down from heaven to fight our fight, we must be ready to fight this fight among ourselves in order to have a brighter future.

  2. ade eagle

    March 7, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    Obanikoro is a big thief everybody knows that

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