DSS storms Obanikoro’s home, arrests, quizzes wife

Men of the Department of State Security (DSS), on Thursday, stormed the Ikoyi residence of former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, picked up his wife, Moroofat, and whisked her away.

The operatives were said to have ransacked the house for hours, apparently in search for possible evidence that could help in their investigations on the embattled former minister, who was said to been linked with alleged payment of a huge sum from the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Alhaja Obanikoro, who was said to have been kept in the DSS custody at the Lagos office of the DSS on CMD Road, Shangisha, was later learnt to have been released to the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where she was said to have eventually been released.

A close family friend and aide of the former minister, who confirmed the development, said the family was shocked with the arrest of Obanikoro’s wife.

“There is a development and we will brief media soon,” a source said.

“We know the EFCC was on the matter and had been there at their homes some weeks ago, although without any warrant. But we cannot understand the involvement of the DSS. They were in the house earlier today and after hours of searching everywhere without laying their hands on anything, they insisted the woman must come with them,’’ the source added.