Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are closing in on Bamikole Omishore, an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki who was recently exposed for allegedly using his wife as a ghost-worker.
The Advocate gathered that Official EFCC indicated that Omishore was under corruption investigation and might be arrested soon.
“We are still investigating the matter,” Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesperson for EFCC, said.
Omishore’s wife, who is said to be based in the U.S., allegedly received undue salaries at the National Assembly.
Another EFCC official, who spoke under anonymity said that detectives are in possession of evidence that could form the basis of “an unannounced arrest” of Omishore “soon”.
“We now have an overview of his case and we are preparing to arrest him to make another example out of him,” the source said.
The anti-graft office received a petition from anti-corruption campaigners last month, detailing how 35-year-old Omishore, allegedly enlisted his wife on the payroll of the National Assembly.
The Punch Newspaper, which published the petition, said Abiola Omishore lives in the United States where she works as a nurse.
From her base in the U.S.,Omishore was allegedly drawing N150,000 in monthly salaries from taxpayers’ money, The Punch reported .
Omishore was also accused of fabricating National Assembly identification credentials for his wife. She reportedly received the undue income through her GTBank using her maiden name, Abiola Aiyegbayo.
Over a three-year period, the alleged fleece has run into millions. At a time, accumulated salaries for several months allegedly hit Omishore’s bank account, in the manner of backlog salaries payouts, the
Reacting to the allegation, Omisore said he is confident that him and his wife committed no crime.
“I am completely confident that neither my wife or myself committed any crime,” Omishore said Friday afternoon without saying specifically whether or not his U.S.-based wife was on the payroll of the federal government.
“It is my humble recommendation for you to revert back to your sources to follow rule of law and due process,” Omishore told Premium Times.
“Instead of this undue speculation, as I see this constant call from you as an attempt to intimidate.”
A former banker in the U.S., Omishore served as a digital media aide to Saraki since 2015, during which he took on critics of his principal. He was named a Diaspora affairs aide in 2017, but he could still be seen releasing press statements on behalf of his principal while pushing back against unfavourable reports against the Senate President.