A brother of Aisha Buhari, wife of president Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly instigated the arrest of Babalele Abdullahi, a son-in-law of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)
This was revealed in a statement issued by Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe on the matter.
According to Ibe, “it was gathered that the petition relied upon to invade the residence and office of Babalele was authored by a brother of the wife of President Buhari.”
In a narrative of how Abdullahi, who is also the Financial Director of Atiku group of companies was arrested, Ibe said the EFCC operatives, numbering about two dozen, stormed Abdullahi’s Maitama District home at 8.30 am.
Ibe stated that the operatives came in two regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus, marked Abuja CS 522 RSH; and a Toyota Hilux van.
The statement said, “They came with a search warrant to search the house and office of Babalele and found nothing incriminating.They then proceeded to his office at Oakland Centre in Maitama and found nothing incriminating there.
However, they took away some documents of landed property.
“Not done, the EFCC officials stormed his Wuse residence where they again found nothing incriminating after the search.
Afterwards, Babalele was taken away to the EFCC office in Wuse to make a statement alongside Mr. Lawan Ayuba.
“As a law abiding citizen, Atiku Abubakar recognizes the constitutional role of the EFCC and indeed any other agency of the government to carry out investigations, but will not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate”.
The statement added that the invasion of Abdullahi’s home was part of the desperate moves by the authorities to make Atiku congratulate and concede the mandate to President Buhari.