Paul Ibe, the media adviser to presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday in a statement alerted the nation that “in a desperate move to have Atiku Abubakar concede and congratulate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, officials of EFCC at about 8.30am today (Saturday) invaded the Maitama residence of Atiku’s son-inlaw, Babalele Abdullahi.”
The petition that triggered the invasion was reportedly written by a brother to Aisha, wife of President Buhari.
Mr. Ibe said that no fewer than 24 operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission took part in the invasion, arresting Atiku’s son-in-law.
He however added that the EFCC operatives were not given access into the house until Abdullahi’s lawyers arrived.
“The EFCC agents numbering about two dozen came in 2 regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van,” he stated.
According to him, they came with a search warrant to search the house and office of Babalele and found nothing Incriminating.
“They then proceeded to his office at Oakland Centre in Maitama and found nothing incriminating there. However, they took away some documents of landed property.
“Not done, the EFCC officials stormed his Wuse residence where they again found nothing incriminating after the search.
“Afterwards, Babalele was taken away to the EFCC office in Wuse to make a statement alongside Mr. Lawan Ayuba.”
Ibe assured Nigerians that his boss, as a law abiding citizen, recognized the constitutional role of the EFCC and indeed any other agency of the government to carry out investigations, but will not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate.
Atiku promised Nigerians that under no circumstance will he mortgage, what he called the mandate of Nigerians as according to him, was freely expressed on February 23, the statement said.