July 23, 2021

Dasukigate: EFCC Apprehends Omisore

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Senator-Iyiola-Omisore (2)
Senator Iyiola Omisore

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Sunday arrested a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State Senator Iyiola Omisore in Abuja.

According to the anti-graft agency, the former Deputy Governor was arrested as part of investigation into a case of receiving and misappropriating N700 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, between June and November, 2014.

The EFCC explained that Omisore was being elusive and refused to report to the Commission after invitation was extended to him on April 7, 2016 requesting him “to come and make clarification on the ongoing investigation”.

The former NSA, Sambo Dasuki is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly misusing $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms to fight insurgency in the north east.

It was also learnt that the Abuja resident of the former Deputy Governor was raided by EFCC agents Sunday morning before his arrest was effected.

The EFCC had on 24 May 2016 obtained a court warrant to arrest Omisore, who had failed to honour an EFCC invitation. The EFCC consequently declared Omisore wanted shortly after obtaining the court warrant.

In a response, The PDP condemned Mr. Omisore’s arrest and accused the anti-graft agency of being prejudice.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday evening, the party’s spokesman in Osun State, Diran Odeyemi, said Mr. Omisore had a valid court injunction restraining the EFCC from arresting him.

“There’s a court injunction by senator Omisore against the EFCC not to be arrested,” he said.

“We’re never aware that that judgment has been vacated especially on Sunday. It’s very unfortunate that the EFCC is carrying out its assignment in a way that suggests its persecuting the opposition.”

“Today is Sunday, by tomorrow, everything would be more clearer and we’ll have to go to court to enforce his fundamental human right,” he said.

Omisore contested the August 9 governorship election in Osun State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) but lost to incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall, that in March, EFCC declared Omisore wanted before the former deputy governor threatened to sue the anti-graft agency for N500 million damages for defamation.

 

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