Former presidential spokesperson and widely-known newspaper columnist Reuben Abati has been arrested.
He was arrested on Monday by detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The journalist is being questioned for allegedly receiving the sum of f N50million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, EFCC
The former NSA is currently being tried by the EFCC for his management of arms funds under him , in what is now known as #Dasukigate.
Mr. Abati’s arrest makes it at least three former aides of former President Goodluck Jonathan who are currently in EFCC custody.
A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, is still with the commission since last week Monday when he voluntarily surrendered himself after staying months away from the country.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Jonathan campaign spokesperson, was arrested on Friday and is still with the commission.
Dr. Abati was appointed Special Adviser on Media by President Goodluck Jonathan following the 2011 election. Since losing that position last year, he has taken no employment.
He, however, returned to his column at The Guardian, from where he had gone into government. Only on October 14 in that column, he published “The Spiritual Side of Aso Villa”, the seat of the presidency, in which he asserted that despite meaning well, President Jonathan and his government were held in “spiritual bondage” by unknown forces.
It is as yet unclear what charges the EFCC has against him.
A former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, has been arrested.