The former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has confirmed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC operatives were at the flat he occupied in Osborne Tower, Ikoyi, Lagos where N13bn suspected to be proceeds of crime was found last week.
Obi, who occupied Flat 1 in the luxury building with a lease rate of N20m per annum, in a statement released by his media aide, Valentine Obienyem said all the flats in the building were searched by the anti-graft agency, including that of a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (Retail), Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue; and media mogul and founder of Ebony Life Television, Mo Abudu.
The former governor claimed he came to be a tenant in the controversial building after his wife, Mrs. Margaret Peter Obi rented it.
The statement read in part: The media aide to former Governor Mr. Peter Obi has confirmed the search by the EFCC of Flat 1, occupied by the former governor in the building where the agency discovered large sums of money.
“The apartment was rented by the wife of the former governor and it is where Mr. Obi usually stays anytime he is in Lagos.
“Even though Mr. and Mrs Obi had travelled to the USA and the UK for speaking engagements, when we relayed the message of the search to him, he quickly sent the keys to the four-bedroom apartment to the EFCC via courier.
“He even left instructions that we should allow them to also search his Onitsha residence should there be a need for that. After the thorough search, nothing was found in the apartment.”
OrijoReporter recall that recently Mrs. Obi denied rumour making the rounds she was about to divorce her husband.
She said, “I received a lot of messages as I turned on my phone after I came out of Church on Monday. I had worshiped at Our Lady of Assumption, Ikoyi with my husband.” “Why should I think along that line when I have no problem with my husband? I am happily married and have no reason to contemplate divorce.”