- EFCC freezes an account belonging to Shalewa Obanikoro, daughter of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
- The account was frozen when an illegal transaction of about N800m was discovered
- Obanikoro and his sons meanwhile have remained in the US
As the anti-graft war continues the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has gone after Shalewa Obanikoro, the daughter of a former Minister of state for Defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
The EFCC has frozen an account linked to daughter of the senator, who is being investigated for fraud.
The commission's investigators said that about N1.2bn passed through the account which belongs to an oil firm.
Shalewa, who is a signatory to the account, was said to have personally mandated Fidelity Bank to transfer N800m from the account to another account within the bank.
A source in the agency on Tuesday, July 19, said: “We have frozen an account in which Obanikoro’s daughter is a signatory. She specifically mandated the bank to transfer N800m from the account to another account.
We discovered that money was paid into the account at various times. The money came in N50m, N20m, N30m and various sums.
She said the money was for oil and gas transactions. So, we have frozen the account as investigations continue. We want to know where the funds came from. At least N1.2bn has passed through the account.”
The discovery of Shalewa’s transactions was allegedly made by the EFCC, when it was investigating the N4.7bn allegedly paid into the account of Obanikoro’s two sons – Babajide and Gbolahan.
Also a house belonging to Obanikoro’s two sons in Ikoyi, Lagos, has been seized. Obanikoro and his sons have, however, remained in the United States for the last 14 months, while the investigation goes on.
The EFCC last week quizzed Shalewa and seized her passport to prevent her from travelling to the US.
“We seized her passport because we were told that she was planning on travelling soon. We had to prevent her from travelling since she is part of the investigation,” a detective of the anti-graft agency said.
Also, when the transaction was first discovered, Shalewa Obanikoro was invited by the agency and grilled her for hours.
An anonymous source said:
“Obanikoro’s wife came to our office on Friday morning as part of investigations into the N4.7bn paid into Sylvan McNamara, a company owned by her sons.
During the investigation, we stumbled on the account of an oil company. We then discovered that Obanikoro’s daughter was a signatory to the account of the oil company and that millions of naira was paid into the account at different times.
We then invited the daughter, and she came to meet us at the office. During investigations, we found out that the daughter gave a standing order to the bank that N800m should be moved into another account."