Senators visit Fani, Abati and Obanikoro in EFCC’s prison

Some Senators paid a surprise visit to Femi Fani Kayode, Reuben Abati, and Obanikoro in EFFC prison yesterday.

The team was led by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume.

Other prominent senators in the team includes Senators Philip Aduda, Ali Wakil, Isa Gamman, as well as Teslim Folarin.

Sources said the Ndume-led senators entreated them to remain calm “Even in the face of provocation and continue to pray for the country.”

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The Senators “Urged them to remain calm because they also know what it means to be away from their homes for many days.

“But one thing said that was cheering to them was that it is a phase.

“No matter how long it takes or how desperately the process is manipulated, this phase would certainly pass.

“And I think that is one incontrovertible fact about the whole investigation and trial,” the source said.

Fani-Kayode also debunked EFCC’s claim that he was cheerful when Bishop Hassan Kukah visited him in custody.

He also said Obanikoro and Abati were not cheerful as EFCC claimed.

Fani-Kayode disclosed that the cleric met them at the clinic and afterwards had some private moments with them.

“Even if we decide to agree that Kukah said the clinic and detention area was ‘clean and orderly’, we reject the notion that Kukah said we were ‘cheerful.’

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“This was obviously added to make a caricature of the seriousness of the condition of detainees.

“What is there in EFCC for anyone to be cheerful about especially when someone is being illegally detained?

“Even if EFCC converts a five-star hotel to its facility, it can never be good enough to illegally keep citizens on account of their political leanings.”

There are speculations that the agency is determined to make them spend a minimum of 14 days in its custody.