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Obanikoro Refutes Son’s Benefit from Dasukigate, Dares EFCC


Former Nigeria High Com!ission to Ghana and Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has refuted reports that two of his sons may have benefitted about N4.8billion from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) during the build up to Ekiti governorship election in 2014.
The were reports in the media, Saturday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its search light on Sylvan McNamara Limited, a company allegedly owned by Obaniko’s children.
But Obanikoro, in a statement circulated by his media aide, Jonathan Eze, challenged EFCC to provide details of the real signatories to the account “as at when the said money was paid instead of demonising and deceiving Nigerians with vague, contrived and distorted information”.
The statement stated further: “Obanikoro is appalled by the public political persecution embarked upon by these agencies noting that there is nowhere in the world where investigations are being conducted using the pages of the newspapers”
The former Senator also “queried the wisdom and logic of bandying figures and associating same with his sons who are thorough bred professionals in their own rights reminding them that the court of law is and remains the judicial institution for trying cases and not whipping sentiments in order to give the dog a bad name and hang it.”
Obanikoro said he served the nation in various capacities with enviable and untainted records of public service.
Obanikoro, therefore, urged EFCC to be straight and above board in its investigations and avoid speculations and conjectures that are infringing on the fundamental human rights of his sons.
The statement said, “Associating my sons to the Sylvan McNamara account that allegedly received funds from the office of the embattled National security Adviser is highly preposterous and unthinkable.
“I am particularly amazed by the fact that trials and investigations are being done using the media unconventionally just to satisfy the cravings of political entities who are desperate to rub my hard earned reputation in the mud.
“I am using this medium to challenge EFCC to publish in good conscience the signatories and the names of the directors of the said company and to restate that I shall conclusively pursue this injustice and infringements to a logical end.”
Reports from EFCC had said that two sons of the former Minister, Babajide and Gbolahan Obanikoro, were on the radar of EFCC after about N4.75billion was traced to a company, Sylvan McNamara Limited, in which the two men have interest.
The money was allegedly paid in several tranches into the company’s account number 0026223714 with Diamond bank from the Office of the National Security Adviser account with the CBN.
According to the source, all the transfers were effected between June and December 2014, a period that coincided with the preparation for and the conduct of the Ekiti state gubernatorial election which brought Ayo Fayose to office.
EFCC sources disclosed that the payments to the company from the office of the NSA Sambo Dasuki, were made without any contract.
Dasuki is currently being prosecuted for allegedly shared among prominent Nigerians $2.1billion meant for arms procurement to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-west region of Nigeria.


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