Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence, has returned the sum of N100 million to the government following his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Premium Times quoted sources close to the former minister and others at the anti-graft agency as confirming that the payment was done.
It was learnt that while Obanikoro could only avoid to return N100 million to the anti-graft commission, the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, rejected the offer, requesting that he returned more.
The source squealed that the EFCC Boss demanded that the embattled former senator sign an undertaking to pay back N600 million within a stipulated time.
However, the former minister rejected the demands, saying he had no means of raising such an amount.
The source said: “He refused to sign the pledge, saying the money was too much.”
But the EFCC source added that Mr. Obanikoro, nonetheless, continued to cooperate with his interrogators.
The source continued: “He had really carried himself very well since he got here, really cooperating with everyone.”
Also confirming that Mr. Obanikoro had indeed returned some money, the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, however, said the EFCC was still verifying the payments and continuing its investigation.
The embattled ex-minister was detained after turning himself in to the anti-graft agency on October 17, 2016.
He is being tried for accepting more than N2 billion from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.