EFCC declares Babalakin wanted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared Wale Babalakin, Chairman of Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited, wanted, urging members of the public to report any sighting of him to the Commission.
In a statement, Wilson Uwujaren, Acting Head Media & Publicity of the organisation, said Babalakin had failed to appear before the agency to prepare for his arraignment tomorrow (Thursday).
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has declared the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited, Wale Babalakin wanted in connection with a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Money Laundering to the tune of N4.7billion.”
“The businessman who was supposed to report to the Commission today preparatory to his arraignment on a 27 count criminal charge before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of the Lagos High Court tomorrow, January 17, 2013 failed to do so, and has gone underground.”
“Babalakin is dark-complexioned and speaks English and Yoruba fluently.”
“Anybody having useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers: 09-4604620, 070-26350721,070-26350722,070-26350723,070-6350724, 070-26350725 ; or e-mail address: email@example.com or the nearest Police Station.”
But Babalakin reacted yesterday, as he denied being on the run after reporting to the EFFC’s office 5 times since he was discharged from the hospital.
In a statement, by Dipo Kehinde, Head of Communications, Bi-Courtney Ltd., Babalakin said he was in touch with the EFCC and will be in court tomorrow(today).
”We don’t understand the game the EFCC is playing.This is nothing but a deep political game. Since Babalakin came out of the hospital, he reported at the EFCC office in Lagos for more than 5 times. He was also there on Tuesday. He is on EFCC’s administrative bail. He’s not a man on the run. We have a date in court tomorrow(today) but EFCC wants to give jungle justice. Babalakin was in touch with EFCC by 5pm today(yesterday) They asked him to report at their office tomorrow(today) before he goes to court. Tonight, he was declared wanted.”