Why Lawmaker Was Prevented from Travelling Out of the Country – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has given reasons for stopping a member of the House of Representatives from travelling out of the country on Friday.
The member, Sunday Karim, who represents Yagba East and West Federal Constituency, Kogi State, on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, was prevented from travelling by the Department of State Security (DSS) at the Abuja International Airport as he prepared to board a flight to the US.
But in a release by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said Karim was wanted for his alleged links to the arms procurement scandal. Hence it alerted the DSS to stop him from flying out of the country.
Uwujaren stated that EFCC decided to move against Karim at the airport because the lawmaker had been elusive for weeks.
“We have been looking for him since then but we couldn’t find him. So, we had to put his name on the watch list”
He noted that the anti-graft agency picked interest in Karim because his name featured prominently in the Musiliu Obanikoro scandal. He allegedly received up to N200 million through a company linked to him, Uwujaren said.
The firm, Atlantic Drilling Fluids, allegedly received the funds from Sylvan MacNamara, a company linked to the sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Obanikoro, the EFCC said.
Sylvan MacNamara has been under scrutiny for months by the EFCC. The probe had seen operatives raid the homes of Obanikoro and his two sons, Jide and Gbolahan, in Lagos and Abuja.
Uwujaren said Karim reported at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday afternoon, and was later allowed to go on the condition that he would return on Monday for further interrogations.

Author: News Editor

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