The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev’d Matthew Kukah, on Monday paid a surprise visit to the detention facility of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.
During the visit, Kukah met and prayed for some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and ex-spokesman to the immediate past president, Reuben Abati, who are all in detention.
The trio are being held for allegedly benefiting from the slush funds said to be misappropriated by the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Bishop Kukah urged the high-profile inmates “not to be downcast and to see their current travails as divine,” a statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said.
“Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Father Matthew Hassan Kukah, has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the state of its facilities in Abuja, which he described as ‘clean and orderly,” the statement reads.
“He made the remark on Monday, October 31, 2016 during an unscheduled visit to the Commission’s detention facility and clinic, where he felicitated with some of the inmates which included former ministers, Femi Fani-Kayode and Musiliu Obanikoro; and a former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati.
“The revered priest, who was conducted round the facilities by the acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, expressed delight that the detainees appeared in high spirits despite the discomfort of temporary restriction.
“He urged them not to be downcast and to see their current travails as divine.
“I discussed with some detained suspects like Femi Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Reuben Abati; and I am quite pleased they are looking cheerful.
“I was also happy with the humility of the Acting Chairman who took me round and the way he interacted with the detainees.
“This is what is important for our country, so that nobody takes these kinds of things personally. I am happy I came,” he was quoted to have said.
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