Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidential library was searched by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its alleged participation in the son-in-law of former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the 150 million euro cash bribe scandal.
Naija News understands that anti-graft researchers went to the Library on August 8 to authenticate the claims of one of those under investigation who gave $ 140,000 (about N50 million) to one of the library’s officials.
Speaking further, the source said: “Our agents went to the library with some riot police in anticipation of possible resistance. But there were none. “We did our work legally without any inhibitions. We’re still investigating the case. We are examining some documents we have on the issue. ”
However, it was not possible to confirm whether the agents took any documents, but no one was arrested.
It is believed that the money was spent on influencing the 2019 election in which Atiku Abubakar was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The source also revealed that Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele, gave about N50 million ($ 140,000) to his childhood friend, Bashir Mohammed, to deliver to an official of the Abeokuta Presidential Library. The burglar alarm agency is investigating why the money was taken to the Presidential Library.
“That between 05/02/2018 and 27/11/2018 €41,900,000 (forty one million, nine hundred thousand euro) which sums are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities, was received by a firm linked to Babalele.
“That on February 20, 2019 Babalele called Bashir Mohammed his childhood friend and informed him that he will transfer N50million to him which should be converted to United States dollars.
“That Bashir converted the N50 million at the rate of 360 per dollar amounting to about $140,000
“That on the instruction of Babalele, Bashir took the money to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, and delivered it to an official in cash.
“That the cash delivered is in excess of the amount authorized by the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 as amended.
Bashir has reportedly admitted that he delivered the cash to the Presidential Library.
It was learnt that Bashir was taken by detectives to the Presidential Library.
Those interrogated including Babalele, Osagie and Mohammed, are on administrative bail pending the filing of a case against them.”