by Isi Esene
The siege laid on the businessman, Wale Babalakin, by security operatives at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos seem not to be abating. Sources say there is an increased number of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives and riot policemen in the hospital premises.
There are also speculations that the commission has given its operatives the go-ahead to arrest the Bi-Courtney Group chairman who is presently facing charges of money laundering in court.
The businessman was recently admitted to the hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
The EFCC had filed a 27 counts charge at the court in connection with an alleged money laundering offence against Babalakin and others.
But a Federal High Court had restrained the anti-graft agency from going ahead with his arraignment and trial.
Tension heightened when it was speculated that the EFCC is planning to forcibly take Babalakin from the hospital to enable him to stand trial at the Ikeja High Court on Wednesday.
About 20 men of the EFCC were last Tuesday reported to have stormed the hospital to take the businessman into custody but were prevented by the management of the medical facility.
On Sunday, another operative was reported to have sneaked into Babalakin’s room, but was accosted by some vigilant members of staff of the hospital.
Sources say the unidentified operative pretended to be a visitor to gain access to the room. He later identified himself as an official of EFCC after Babalakin had raised the alarm that attracted the attention of the medical personnel on duty.
The EFCC is yet to publicly deny these claims.