According to Sahara Reporters, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, was being questioned in connection with his alleged involvement in money laundering. A source in the anti-graft agency said that the monarch, who is the traditional ruler of Ugboland and also the chairman of Obat Oil Limited was grilled by EFCC operatives last Friday, February 12.
The King, the source further added, was asked to return to the commission on Monday where he will undergo another rounds of questionings from investigators with intention to look at his possible involvement in money laundering and other financial crimes offences. Speaking of the possibility of arraigning the monarch, the source said that EFCC operatives “have made a lot of progress in putting together a case that warrants charging him [Oba Akinruntan] to court.”
He was quick to add that it was too easy to ascertain when the king might face prosecution. In a related development, also EFCC had arraigned a Senior Advocate of Nigeria Rickey Tarfa, before a Lagos state high for alleged obstruction of justice. Tarfa who is facing a two-count charge bordering on obstruction of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice before Justice Aishat Opesanwo of a Lagos state high court was arrested on Friday, February 5, by operatives of the EFCC in Lagos, for allegedly shielding two suspects from arrest.