Arms Deal: I’m Under Pressure to Implicate Jonathan – Cousin



Mr. Azibaola Robert, who is currently in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) detention, has alleged that the commis­sion is pressuring him to indict ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, who is his cousin.

Robert, who spoke through his brother, Faith Robert, yesterday, at a press conference held in Lagos, alleged that EFCC told him in clear terms to ‘say something to implicate’ his cousin, Jonathan or rot in their custody.

Robert is under inves­tigations over an alleged diversion of $40 million dollars through One-Plus Holdings and a sister company, Kakatar Con­struction Limited.

The payment was said to have been made by the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Speaking with news­men yesterday, Faith alleged that the com­mission, on several occa­sions, told them to advise their brother to cooperate with them, by indicting Jonathan in his statement as a beneficiary of the se­curity contracts.

“They want our de­tained brother to indict our cousin as a bargain for his unconditional re­lease.

“For your information, Azibaola was taken into custody on March 23 when he went to honour EFCC’s invitation. From March 23 to April 4, my brother was denied ac­cess to his family, law­yer and medical care. Afterwards, a magistrate court order was given for another 14 days, which stretched his detention to 27 days.

“However, Azibaola’s lawyer managed to file a suit for the enforcement of his right and asked, for bail which the Fed­eral High Court in Abuja granted him pending his arraignment or comple­tion of the said investiga­tion.

“Rather than obey the court order, EFCC brought our brother to Lagos again, to get an­other remand warrant which is contrary to law and constitution of the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Mr. Wil­son Uwujaren on Sunday evening, his telephone line rang without any re­sponse.

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