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Obanikoro in BIG trouble after N40million cheque to EFCC bounces at bank


Hopes of former minister of state for defense Musiliu Obanikoro getting out of the detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) soon have been dashed.

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has agreed to make refunds of the money he allegedly collected from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA)

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Sahara Reporters reports that the ex-minister will have to stay longer in detention after his cheque of N40million to the anti-corruption body bounced at the bank.

It quoted operatives of the commission as saying that the cheque was declared a dud when it was presented at the bank.

Not only will this keep Obanikoro in detention, it could to add to his ‘sins’ because under the Nigerian law, it is a criminal act to issue a dud cheque.

The EFCC could charge him separately for issuing a cheque on an empty bank account.

 lier, The Nation reported that Obanikoro made the payment on Friday, October 28 and had also undertaken a commitment with the EFCC to offset the balance sum but said his release is subject to the confirmation of the N100.4m in the relevant account.

But the refund by the ex-minister does not stop him from being tried by the EFCC for alleged graft, it wrote while also quoting a top source in the anti-graft agency, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, as confirming the refund.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah on Monday, October 31 visited a former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.

A source within the commission told NAIJ.com the bishop arrived at the commission’s headquarters at about 1 pm on Monday.

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