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I never Influenced Mike Adenuga’s Arrest – Obasanjo replies Awu­jale of Ijebu land

by on January 5, 2017
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied allegations that he influenced the arrest of the Chairman of Glo­bacom Telecoms Limited, Chief Mike Adenuga by theEconomic and Finan­cial Crimes Commission, EFCC ,in 2006.
Obasanjo’s denial is con­tained in his letter to Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awu­jale of Ijebu land, who had made sundry allegations against the former presi­dent in his recently pub­lished autobiography.
A copy of the letter dated December 30, 2016, was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
Obasanjo said that while he was Nigeria’s civil­ian president, the EFCC was free to do its job as it deemed fit.
“On several occasions, the then EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, had asserted that under my watch, he was a free agent to do his work as he deemed fit.
“Where it was necessary, he reported the outcome of his work to me and the subsequent or follow-up ac­tions he intended to take.
“On no occasion did I guide, lead or direct him on what to do.
“If the EFCC was inves­tigating anybody, I did not consider it right for me as the president of Nigeria to be undermining EFCC by hobnobbing with that per­son.
The agency was given free hand to do its work.
“Even if such a person was my child, the best I could do would be to secure a good lawyer to handle the matter before the EFCC for that child.
“Kabiyesi, the total sum of what you have put down in those pages of your book is that I dislike Mike.
“May be, I need to re­mind you that if there was any iota of truth in such a position or mindset, Mike would not have been grant­ed the mobile telephone licence which made him a billionaire. It was my pre­rogative as the president to do so.

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