A building housing an apartment occupied by two sons of Atiku Abubakar, was invaded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja, over the weekend.
The raid on Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar’s residence, in the posh Maitama neighbourhood, on Saturday, comes a day after claims emerged that Mr. Abubakar’s running mate, Peter Obi, had his bank accounts frozen by Federal authorities.
Paul Ibe, a Spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar family, confirmed on Monday, saying that the Officers who conducted the “grievous act of intimidation”, were “unable to find anything implicating”.
Neither Aliyu nor Mustapha was in town when the anti-graft agents arrived, as both were said to be studying for their Masters degrees at foreign Universities.
However, those with whom they share the building were reportedly taken to the EFCC Office, and some of their properties confiscated, sources said.
Among those arrested was one Chiemeka Orji, whose father is now a serving Senator and a subject of an ongoing EFCC corruption investigation.
Chiemeka was said to have been taken to the EFCC office, in Abuja, alongside his brother; and two vehicles confiscated from them.
“When the EFCC Officers arrived on Saturday, they met Theodore Orji’s sons at home, because they both live in the same building”, a source said.
“They asked to see the apartment of Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar, but Theodore Orji’s sons refused to show them, saying that, their friends are out of the country, anyway.”
“The EFCC Operatives then said they have intelligence that a large cache of dollars had been kept in the apartment, which they had come to recover”, the source said.
“They forcibly searched the apartment, but there was no hard currency or anything that could be construed as fraudulently damning.”
The source added that Chiemeka and his brother were released soon after they were questioned at the EFCC Office, but two cars belonging to them were still in the possession of the anti-graft Agency, as at Monday morning.
The EFCC Spokesperson, Tony Orilade, while reacting, said that he has no immediate knowledge of the operation, but expressed strong doubts that Abubakar’s son’s home could be raided.
Tony Orilade disclosed that the EFCC has been investigating Mr. Orji, and it was possible the former Governor’s children were the target of further investigation into how State funds were used during his tenure, from 2007 to 2015.
Also speaking, Paul Ibe accused the Buhari administration of raising the stakes of the 2019 elections higher than the country could absorb.
“Atiku Abubakar is destined to win the 2019 Presidential election, and Nigerians are set to ensure that destiny holds, by voting for him en masse”, Ibe said.
“The actors in Buhari’s government have now realised this possibility, and are gripped by the fears of Atiku Abubakar.”
“This grievous act of intimidation now has an expiry date, that is dwindling faster than a twinkle”, Ibe said.