Following intel by a whistleblower which lead to the discovery of N13.3 billion in Flat 7B at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision EFCC on Monday searched the flats owned by former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, former PDP chairman Adamu Muazu, former NNPC Managing Director (Retail) Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue and others in the Ikoyi building. According to reports, flats that are yet to be unoccupied were also searched by the antigraft agency.
Confirming the search, spokesperson to Peter Obi, Valentine Obienyem, in a statement released Tuesday night, said the flat owned by Peter Obi was rented by his wife, Margaret and he stays there whenever he has any engagement in Lagos was indeed searched by the commission.
The statement read,
“THE MEDIA AIDE TO FORMER GOVERNOR MR. PETER OBI HAS CONFIRMED THE SEARCH BY THE EFCC OF FLAT 1, OCCUPIED BY THE FORMER GOVERNOR IN THE BUILDING WHERE THE AGENCY DISCOVERED LARGE SUMS OF MONEY. THE APARTMENT WAS RENTED BY THE WIFE OF THE FORMER GOVERNOR AND IT IS WHERE MR. OBI USUALLY STAYS ANYTIME HE IS IN LAGOS. EVEN THOUGH MR. AND MRS OBI HAD TRAVELLED TO THE USA AND THE UK FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, WHEN WE RELAYED THE MESSAGE OF THE SEARCH TO HIM, HE QUICKLY SENT THE KEYS TO THE FOUR-BEDROOM APARTMENT TO THE EFCC VIA COURIER. HE EVEN LEFT INSTRUCTIONS THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW THEM TO ALSO SEARCH HIS ONITSHA RESIDENCE SHOULD THERE BE A NEED FOR THAT. AFTER THE THOROUGH SEARCH, NOTHING WAS FOUND IN THE APARTMENT”
According to reports nothing was found, and Nigerians have taken to on social media to react to this. Many say the former governor is a man of integrity and moreover he made his wealth before he became governor. Read their reactions below: