By Abdulwahab Abdullah
A suspected cousin of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibaola has been ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by an Ikeja chief Magistrate, B. O. Osunsanmi pending the completion of investigation into an alleged diversion of $40 million dollars through One-Plus Holdings, a sister company of Kakatar Construction Limited meant for securing oil pipelines.
The payment according to the EFCC, was said to have been made by the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (red). Aziboala has been in EFCC custody since 23rd of March 2016, while he challenged his detention by the commission .
He had approached the Federal Capital Territory High court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights and was granted bail.
A new twist however transpired as Robert was moved from Abuja to Lagos by the EFCC only to be taken to the Lagos Magistrate court Ikeja asking for an order for his detention which was granted.
According to his counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, the unfortunate disregard of an order of court by the EFCC is an afront to his client and the constitution. It is unlawful and the commission should be called to order”.
His counsel said, “ Robert ought to be enjoying the bail granted him by the FCT high court . EFCC did not disclose this to the Lagos magistrate court, Justice Osunsanmmi. The EFCC had tried to extend the remand order from the magistrate court in the Federal Capital but had met a brick in the light of the subsisting order by Justice Olasumbo of the Abuja High Court releasing him on bail.
The matter before the Lagos magistrate court was adjourned to 23rd May. Robert was however remanded at the EFCC custody.