Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied allegations that a raid was carried out by its officials on homes belonging to the sons of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Backstory: Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, had made the claim that the EFCC raided the Maitama apartments of Aliyu and Mustapha Abubakar, two sons of the PDP candidate.
EFCC response, through a spokesman Tony Orilade: He said journalists need to verify information before publishing. He said that the raid and investigation was focused on Ogbonna Orji, the son of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzo Kalu, through whom he said his father had laundered funds belonging to the state.
Explaining further, Orilade said the commission in trying to apprehend Orji had laid siege on a club in Abuja, getting hold of him at about 5am when he was about to leave the club. After the arrest, the commission escorted Ogbonna and his friend Kelvin Ilunah to their Maitama residence where a search was conducted on three flats which served as both residence and office space.
He revealed that further investigation was being carried out and the connection to Atiku’s sons was surprising to the commission as they were in no way involved in the case.