Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the weekend raided a residence belonging to sons of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The building in high-brow Maitama area of Abuja also houses an apartment occupied by two sons of Atiku Abubakar and Chiemeka Orji, son of ex-Abia State governor, Senator Theodore Orji.
A spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar family, Paul Ibe, confirmed the incident, stating that the officers who carried out the raid were unable to find anything incriminating.
The children of the former Vice President, Aliyu and Mustapha are currently out of the country studying for their masters’ degrees. None were around during the raid.
Premium Times reports that Atiku Abubakar’s children were not the primary target, quoting an anti-graft source as hinting that Chiemeka might have been the target given that his father, Theodore Orji is currently in court with the EFCC on charges of corruption.
Chiemeka was said to have been taken to the EFCC office in Abuja alongside his brother, and two vehicles confiscated from them.
“When the EFCC officers arrived on Saturday, they met Theodore Orji’s sons at home, because they both live in the same building.
“They asked to see the apartment of Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar but Theodore Orji’s sons refused to show them, saying their friends are out of the country, anyway.
“The EFCC operatives then said they have intelligence that a large cache of dollars had been kept in the apartment which they had come to recover,” a source said.
“They forcibly searched the apartment, but there was no hard currency or anything that could be construed as fraudulently damning.”
Ibe however accused the Buhari administration of raising the stakes of 2019 election higher than the country could absorb.
“Atiku Abubakar is destined to win the 2019 presidential election, and Nigerians are set to ensure that destiny holds by voting for him en masse.
“The actors in Buhari’s government have now realised this possibility and are gripped by the fears of Atiku Abubakar.”
“This grievous act of intimidation now has an expiry date that is dwindling faster than a twinkle,” the spokesman said.