Update: London MET Police have released a statement saying No arrest took place.
First lady of Oyo state, Chief (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi is not new to controversies – founded and unfounded allegations have continued to trail her every move since her husband, Abiola Ajimobi became governor of the old western state.
This time, Mrs Ajimobi has been alleged to have a case of money laundering proffered against her following her arrest two weeks ago by the London Met Police for being in possession of about N100 million.
The governor’s wife was reportedly held for a few days in London before her husband came to bail and stand surety for her pending when her case will be heard in court.
Wary of the potential incalculable damage such news could do to his administration, Governor Ajimobi cooked up a lie about “an emergency business trip” to Taiwan while he actually headed to London to save his wife.
Met police authorities accept the guarantee provided by a sitting high profile government official in cases of money laundering such as this. Since her return to Nigeria two Sundays ago, Mrs. Ajimobi has avoided public gatherings, shunned invitations and cancelled her previous appointments.
As is typical with such high profile cases, top notch Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) have been engaged to wriggle her out of the money laundering and sundry charges. This exclusive set of lawyers, about three in number, are led by ex-NBA President, Chief Wole Olanipekun.
Mrs. Ajimobi left for London early hours of Sunday, October 28 2012, following the expiration of the week-long bail granted her to prepare a defence team as the case will be charged to court soon.