EFCC: Abati released on bail

FORMER presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, regained his freedom on Saturday as he was granted bail by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abati, who was the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has been with the anti-corruption commission since Monday, October 21, over allegation that he benefited from the arms funds scam involving the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).

He was said to have collected N50 million from Dasuki.

According to Sunday Tribune  investigations, Abati reportedly told his interrogators that the money was spent on the media.

EFCC’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Abati’s release to Sunday Tribune, saying that, “It is true; he has been released.”

The commission had penultimate Thursday offered the former presidential aide bail on the conditions that he should drop his international passport with the commission and also present a civil servant on not lesser than Grade 17 as a surety.

As of the time of filing this report, it was not clear on what terms he was released.