When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) suspect anyone of corrupt practices, the first step is usually to invite the person for interrogation and questioning. Most suspects usually refuse to honor this invitation and the EFCC then has to arrest and bring them in for questioning and interrogation. However in some cases, the suspect surrenders to the EFCC, with sometimes pleasant and unpleasant consequences. Here are some people who have surrendered to the EFCC of their own accord and the outcomes:
1. Musiliu Obanikoro
Former senator, Musiliu Obanikoro, was also a minister of state for defense under the Goodluck Jonathan administration. The EFCC has had him under investigation for a few months for his role in the alleged rigging of the Ekiti elections and the arms deal scandal of the ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki. He surrendered to the EFCC in the afternoon of Monday, October 17. Obanikoro was detained by the EFCC and is yet to be released as at the time of this report.
2. Femi Fani-Kayode
The EFCC sent an invitation to former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on May 6, 2016 to come to their office to clarify allegations of conspiracy and money laundering. On the morning of May 9, 2016, Fani-Kayode decided to honour the EFCC’s invitation in the hopes that it would help clarify matters. The EFCC slammed a 17-count charge on him and he was later transferred to Lagos. After weeks in detention, Mr Fani-Kayode was granted a N250 million bail on July 4. He was later released two months after he surrendered himself after meeting the EFCC bail conditions.
3. Ibrahim Shehu Shema
Ibrahim Shema is the immediate past governor of Katsina State, he was declared wanted by the EFCC for alleged fraud on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. On September 16, he turned himself him in to the anti-corruption agency. After 15 days in custody, as at September 29, 2016, Shema had not been released, from EFCC custody.