Nigeria’s Presidency, through President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has described as fake news, the alleged raid on the residence of the sons of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
In the statement, on Twitter, Shehu dismissed the report as it is “another manifestation of the PDP’s growing expertise in fake news.”
It was reported that an apartment occupied by two sons – Aliyu and Mustapha – of Atiku was searched on Saturday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The report stated that the building located in Maitama, Abuja, also houses an apartment occupied by the son of the former Abia governor, Theodore Orji, Chiemeka Orji, whose apartment was also searched.
The statement continues, “Nigerians must be becoming wary by now, of a political party with absolutely nothing to offer in the coming elections and has instead, transformed into a knight in shining armor, slaying the truth.
“In this so-called transformation, PDP has changed into nothing but to a ceaselessly flowing stream of fake news.
“It is impossible to find in Nigeria today, anyone propagating fake news more than the PDP. Our advice to Nigerians is: ignore them.”
The EFCC, also reacted, saying “the recent arrest of Ogbonna Orji, son of Sen. Theodore Orji, over money laundering, has absolutely nothing to do with son of ex-VP Atiku Abubakar.”
The statement stated that “the former Abia governor has been under investigations by the EFCC, for money laundering activities, which was discovered to have been carried out through his sons.”
The EFCC further said that after trailing cars allegedly bought by the sons, they caught up with them – Ogbonna Orji and Kelvin Ilonah – at a night club in Abuja, where they were arrested.
“They were arrested at about 5am on Saturday, and they led operatives to their three-flat apartment, where documents retrieved showed that it was rented at a rate of N13 million per annum.
“They have so far given useful information to the EFCC, which is aiding in investigations. It should be made clear that the EFCC never “went after” Atiku’s sons, neither was Atiku’s son arrested by the EFCC,” the statement read.
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