A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday, returned N30 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
An EFCC source said the former Minister on Monday presented a draft of about N30 million to the anti-graft commission. A source said:
“Initially we did not want to collect it because it is small compared to what he is supposed to have given us. However, the legal department advised us to collect it.”
He also added: “About N450 million is remaining and Obanikoro has promised to pay the rest in 2017. He will also be reporting at our office every two weeks.”
This brings the total amount of money he has returned to the EFCC to N134 million. Obanikoro had in October returned N104 million to the commission.
The ex-minister, who returned to Nigeria last month after spending about 15 months in the United States, was accused of receiving N4.7 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday granted bail to Sen. Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Senator Mohammed, who served as a minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, had been in the custody of the EFCC since Oct. 21 following public petitions against him.
Haven filed a motion on Notice on Nov. 16 before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf for enforcement of his fundamental right which he said EFCC had violated.
Justice Baba-Yusuf , granted him bail noting that the bail was granted according to the provisions of sections 165 and 158 (b) of the Administration of Justice Act 2015.
The judge also held that ‘the right to bail includes the right to fair hearing’.