Obanikoro agrees to refund N100m but EFCC rejects the offer

There are indications that the embattled former minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro may remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as his offer to pay back N100 million to government coffers was reportedly thrown out.

Obanikoro had earlier dared the anti-graft agency who declared him wanted on allegations that he used a company, Sylvan Mac Namara, owned by his sons, to siphon N4.68 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), under retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

However, it was discovered that from the amount, Obanikoro conveyed N1,219,490,000 to Akure, Ondo State, for the sole purpose of facilitating the election of Mr. Ayodele Fayose as governor of Ekiti State, while he also ferried N1.3 billion to Senator Iyiola Omisore for his governorship bid in Osun State.

The former ambassador to Ghana was said to have agreed to refund N100 million to the coffers of the Federal Government.

The Sun quoted a source, as saying that the offer to return N100 million did not go down well with the anti-graft agency as it asked for down-payment of N600 million.

The source said acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu reportedly demanded that the former minister should sign an undertaking to pay back N600 million within a stipulated time, a demand Obanikoro reportedly rejected, saying he had no means to raise the amount.

“He refused to sign the pledge, saying the money was too much,” quoted the source.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the former minister has returned some money and was cooperating with investigators. He added that the agency was still verifying payments and that investigations were ongoing.

Obanikoro had disclosed how he gave Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, part of the N4.745billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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