The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, while a source confirmed that “The EFCC released Senator Obanikoro around 5pm. He is on his way home now.” .
Mr. Abati confirmed his release to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday morning.
Mr. Abati reported himself at the anti-graft office on October 21 following a notice by the agency that he was being sought as an alleged beneficiary of fraud.
He was accused of receiving N50 million from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
After initially working out a repayment of N5 million with the EFCC, Mr. Abati later told his interrogators that he woould not be able to raise any reimbursement, a stalemate that apparently prolonged his stay in custody.
The PUNCH had reported exclusively that former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, had met all his bail conditions on Thursday night and the commission was processing his release.
Obanikoro, who was arrested on October 17, was accused of receiving N4.7bn through the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
He was said to have pocketed N785m while the balance was given to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Senator Iyiola Omisore, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State in 2014.
Obanikoro was said to have returned N100m and pledged to return N480m while his American and Nigerian passports were submitted to the EFCC.