Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
Former Minister of State for Defence and one time Nigeria’s ambassador to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has condemned yesterday’s raid on his houses at Park View Estate Ikoyi and Banana Island, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, describing it as a return to despotism and mockery of justice.
In a statement he posted on his twitter handle on Wednesday, Obanikoro vowed to resist tyranny and injustice by seeking every legal means to defend himself.
He made it clear that he would not submit to what he called EFCC’s witchhunt, injustice and charade.
Here is his full statement on twitter unedited:
“Good morning friends and Good morning to all Nigerians. The Invasion and Raid of my Residence yesterday by Agents of the State is a sad throwback to a Tyrannical Past that is Better Forgotten. In 16 years of Democracy, we thought we had conquered despotism for good in Nigeria but in one year, this Government has brought it back. Let me reiterate clearly: I have never received any invitation from EFCC over any issue up till date. This invasion therefore is premature.
Furthermore, no Court ordered a Raid on my house or Seizure of my belongings. Any such move is Illegal and will be fought against Legally. Such Invasion and Raid of my house without prior Invitation from EFCC to me or any Court Order towards this Signals a Return to Despotism. The Illegal Invasion and Raid is a Mockery of Justice, an Expression of Disdain towards the Judicial System and a terribly Bad Precedent. The Illegal Invasion without EFCC invitation, Notice of Investigation or a Court Order is also a Mockery of the Intelligence of Nigerians.
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Source:: PM Newspaper