– Ex-minister blames EFCC for recent persecution of wife – Explains that she has always been in the country as against the allegations made by the anti-graft agency
– Tacitly reveals her health status, explaining that she had nothing to do with the arms deal probe Reports credited to
The Nation have it that former minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has opened up on the role of his wife in the allegations leveled against him. The former minister’s wife,
Alhaja Moroophat Omolola, had been arrested by officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) on the orders of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to see if they could find some evidence with her to prosecute the husband. And Obanikoro has now asked the anti-graft agency to resist the temptation of “persecuting” his wife, Moroophat, insisting that she remains innocent. He described her as “an innocent woman who has no dealings at all with any of the businesses that they are investigating and totally unaware of the alleged transactions.”
Obanikoro, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 state election in Lagos also tacitly pleaded with the anti-graft agency, explaining that she suffers from high blood pressure and other heart-related sicknesses,
“We are saddened by the fact that the media was awash with false and conflicting information about the invitation of Senator Obanikoro’s wife. “Ordinarily, we considered ignoring these concocted lies but for the sake of discerning and right thinking public, hence the need to straighten matters.
“First, Alhaja Moroophat has always been in the country managing her businesses as against the lie that she sneaked in last week from the United States.
“Second, No documents were found in her possession and the lie that she was arrested while trying to evacuate documents is a fabrication and can only survive in their warped and distorted minds. It should also be noted that the officials only came to invite her for questioning and as against the phrase that she was whisked away. Her driver actually drove her in her own car to the office of the DSS.
“Third, it was shamefully reported that the DSS were involved because there were so many armed policemen guiding her. This is another fabricated lie. Even when he was serving as minister, his family never enjoyed any police protection let alone after leaving office and as a woman who is above board in all her dealings, she does not need one.
“Finally, we are using this medium to call on the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to resist from persecuting an innocent woman who has no dealings at all with any of the businesses that they are investigating and totally unaware of the alleged transactions,” a statement issued on Friday read. The EFCC informed, after the arrest, that she was picked up in connection to funds diverted from the office of the national security adviser.
According to Sahara Reporters, she was apprehended on Thursday, July 14 in front of her husband’s house located on Layi Ajayi-Bembe Street in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi in Lagos.