Chris Steven, Abuja
Former governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa has raised alarm that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is trying to prevent him from pursuing his interests abroad by seizing his passport.
This followed the recent raid of the former governor’s house by the operatives of the anti-corruption agency.
According to one of his close associates who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, Bafarawa’s house at Usuma street, Maitama, Abuja was on Thursday morning raided by EFCC operatives.
He said though nothing was taken from the house as there was nobody in the house when the operatives arrived at 6 am as the former governor is on a trip to Saudi Arabia, the EFCC operatives were there for two purposes; arrest Bafarawa so as to force him to surrender his passport and also to scare him away from embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
“Magu has played this script before when he was an operative at the EFCC under Nuhu Ribadu. Then he was trying to please Pres. Umar Musa Yar’Adua. Now as chairman of the Commission he is trying to enact the same drama to please Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, maybe,” said our source.
According to Bafarawa’s associate, the former governor has never been an arms dealer and therefore could not have been involved in any arms or weapons contract. “But this is Nigeria where law enforcement agencies operate like you are guilty until proven innocent.”
The associate told this reporter that Bafarawa is determined to stand by the embattled NSA as he is not known to abandon his friends when they encounter challenges in their lives.
“Anybody who knows the former governor knows that he will not abandon Dasuki because he is facing problems. Harassing, intimidating or arresting him will not change anything,” he said.