The wife of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Alhaja Moroophat Onikoro was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in front of her husband’s house located on Layi Ajayi-Bembe Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday.
Security source had said Mrs. Obanikoro was arrested as she allegedly attempted to make away with vital documents related to the N4.7 billion allegedly diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
In a statement released to the media on Friday, the influetial PDP politician, Musiliu Obanikoro, said his wife, Moroophat, who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), is suffering from high blood pressure and other heart ailments, adding that she knows nothing about the allegations for which she was arrested.
The statement read: “We are saddened by the fact that the media was awash with false and conflicting information about the invitation of Senator Obanikoro’s wife.
“Ordinarily, we considered ignoring these concocted lies but for the sake of discerning and right thinking public, hence the need to straighten matters.
“First, Alhaja Moroophat has always been in the country managing her businesses as against the lie that she sneaked in last week from the United States.
“Second, No documents were found in her possession and the lie that she was arrested while trying to evacuate documents is a fabrication and can only survive in their warped and distorted minds. It should also be noted that the officials only came to invite her for questioning and as against the phrase that she was whisked away, her driver actually drove her in her own car to the office of the DSS.
“Third, it was shamefully reported that the DSS were involved because there were so many armed policemen guiding her. This is another fabricated lie. Even when he was serving as Minister, his family never enjoyed any police protection let alone after leaving office and as a woman who is above board in all her dealings, she does not need one.
“Finally, we are using this medium to call on the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to resist from persecuting an innocent woman who has no dealings at all with any of the businesses that they are investigating and totally unaware of the alleged transactions.
“For emphasis, the innocent woman has a history of High Blood Pressure and heart related ailments and as such should not be dragged into their biased and politicised investigations.
“We have absolute confidence in the judiciary and we hope to get justice in the course with the proviso that they obey the rule of Law and avoid arbitrariness that we are seeing on daily basis.”