A presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the presidential elections on February 23, Atiku Abubakar, said on Saturday that 24 employees of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes had arrested his son-in-law, Alhadji Babalele Abdullahi.
He said that Abdullahi, who is also the financial director of the Atiku group of companies, was arrested after EFCC officials in two cars, an 18-seat Toyota bus with registration Abuja CS 522 RSH and van Hilux, invaded the residence of his son Maytama at. – around 8.30.
Atiku’s media consultant, Paul Ibe, said in a statement that the EFCC staff did not get access to the house until the arrival of Abdullahi’s lawyers.
He said: “In a desperate move to allow Atik Abubakar to confess and congratulate President Mohammed Bukhari, EFCC officials attacked Maytama’s residence on Babalel around Saturday at 8:30 am, but they did not return home until his lawyers arrived.
“EFCC agents, about two dozen, arrived in two ordinary cars: an 18-seat Toyota bus (with registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and Van Hilux, and they came with a search warrant to search the house and office of Babalele and did not find nothing guilty.
“Then they went to his office in the Auckland Center in Maytam and did not find anything guilty about it, but they took away their land ownership documents, unfinished, EFCC officials attacked his residence in Uuse, which after the search again did not find anything guilty.
“Then Babalele was taken to the EFCC office in Uz, to make a statement on the side of Lavan Ayuba, and it was noted that the petition concerning the invasion of the residence and the office of Babalele was written by the wife of President Bukhari’s wife.”
I stated that Atiku, as a law-abiding citizen, recognized the constitutional role of the EFCC and any other state body in conducting investigations, but he will not be intimidated by any attempt to blackmail him with the aim of imposing his mandate.
The statement said that Atiku had assured Nigerians that under no circumstances would he deposit what he called the Nigerian mandate, which he claimed was freely expressed on February 23.