The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC reportedly raided the residence of Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar, sons of presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar on Saturday.
It was gathered that the EFCC also raided the apartment of former governor of Abia state, Theodore Orji’s son, Chiemeka Orji who also live in the same building.
Further reports from PREMIUM TIMES said, the EFCC who were in search of dollars reportedly stored away in the homes of Atiku’s sons, went ahead to raid the apartment even when they were informed that the occupants are outside the country running their masters degree program.
However, the search was futile as nothing implicating was discovered.
Also recall that the opposition earlier raised an alarm of Peter Obi’s account being frozen by the EFCC which they also denied having any knowledge about.
Sources although said the home of Mr Abubakar’s children was the primary target, an anti-graft spokesperson suggested Chiemeka might have been the target.
A spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar family, Paul Ibe, confirmed the search on Sunday, saying 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 are said to be studying for master’s degrees at foreign universities — but those with whom they share the building were reportedly taken to the EFCC office and some of their properties confiscated, sources said.”
It was gathered that the EFCC arrested Chiemeka 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 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.”
Chiemeka and his brother were released soon after they were questioned at the EFCC office, but two cars belonging to them were still in possession of the anti-graft agency as of Monday morning.
A spokesperson for the EFCC said he has no immediate knowledge of the operation, but expressed strong doubts that Mr Abubakar’s son’s home could be raided.
Tony Orilade said 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.