Morufat Obanikoro, the wife of former minister of defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was arrested by security agents on Thursday.
Her husband is out of the country and has refused to return to answer questions on his role in diverting billions of naira from the office of the national security adviser into the campaign of Ekiti state governor and then PDP governorship candidate in Ekiti, Ayo Fayose.
The funds were reportedly traced to Obanikoro, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, former Osun State Deputy Governor Iyiola Omisore and three companies with links to Omisore.
“We got a report that Mrs. Obanikoro had sneaked into the country from the United States. After the confirmation of her travel log, an alert was issued to all security agencies. Following intelligence sharing with the EFCC, the operatives of the DSS arrested her in Lagos with some documents relating to the probe of the N4.745billion slush funds from ONSA,” a source told reporters.
The wife of the Lagos politician was transferred from DSS to EFCC custody. She was however released afterwards on bail but her international passport was seized. She was requested to return on Monday for interrogation.
There are allegations that some of the funds under investigation were wired into her company.