A former Minister of State for defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro have slammed a N100m million suit on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of the Federal High Court in Lagos over the seizure of some of his property.
In the suit, the ex-minister, his wife, Moroophat and his two sons, Gbolahon and Babajide, are seeking the court’s declaration that the forceful seizure of their personal effects by the anti-graft agency constitutes a gross violation of their rights.
The applicants are also demanding an ‘unreserved public apology’ and an order, setting aside the forceful detention of their property on June 14, 2016, by the commission.
Besides, they are equally claiming the sum of N100 million as general damages against the EFCC and also seeks an order barring officials of the commission from arresting, detaining or harassing them or entering their premises again to seize their property.
However, in asking the court to dismiss the suit, the anti-graft agency claimed that the former minister received suspicious payments from the Office of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, through companies linked to the family.
To buttress its claims, the commission alleged that about $1million was transferred from the NSA’s office to a company known as Mob Integrated Services on March 18, 2015.