The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the , EFCC of compromise, being selective in its treatment of suspects by releasing the associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chieftain, Brig. General Jafaru Isa (retired) barely eight hours of his arrest.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain, Lawal Jafaru Isa who angered the President by signing the bail for the release of Sambo Dasuki has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 8 hours after his arrest.
Sources told Elombah.com that Jafaru was arrested after it was revealed that he helped Dasuki Sambo to meet his Bail condition but the EFCC released the close friend of Nigeria’s President who angered Muhammadu Buhari by signing Dasuki’s bail bond within 24Hours.
Brig. Gen Jafaru Isa (retired) was a former military administrator of Kaduna State and a close friend and classmate of embattled former National Security Advisor, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of Jafaru Isa on Wednesday night at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja. They confirmed that his arrest has nothing to do with the Security vote Investigation by Buhari’s Government.
Uwujaren, who did not give any reason why the former military governor was arrested, but he did confirm that he was released before the expiration of the 48 hour period constitutional stipulated for holding a suspect for interrogation without filing charges.
Isa was arrested on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari for having ‘the audacity to sign as a surety for Dasuki bail’, Elombah.com was told.
Sources tell media that the EFCC arrested Isa for allegedly receiving N20 million and N30 million from Dasuki, presumably to buy a house in Kano may not be accurate.
“You know Jafaru Isa and Dasuki have been together since their days at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna. So, when Dasuki wanted to buy a house in Kano, he approached Isa,” an unidentified source told Daily Trust.
“Isa got a house for him and he was sending the money piecemeal to him through his account. The transaction was not possible because of the way Dasuki was sending the money.
“It was while they were investigating the Arms scam that they saw the transaction. But frankly speaking, it has no connection with it. It happened between 2013 and 2014,” he revealed
Isa contested as the governorship candidate of the CPC in Kano State in 2011. He was also one of the 19 members of the Buhari Transition Committee led by Ahmed Joda.
Other media reports say that the arrest of Isa was orchestrated to deflect attention from the fact that Buhari’s anti-corruption war is a smokescreen for targeting members of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and officials who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
So far, only officials of the PDP or persons who served under Jonathan have been targeted for investigation by the anti-graft commission. The latest being national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, who has been detained by the EFCC since Monday, January 4, 2016. No charges have been filed against Metuh.
The PDP has called for the unconditional release of Metuh. So has his family, asking that he be charged to court or released. However, the EFCC continues to detain him against the stipulations in Nigeria’s constitution.
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Meanwhile the National leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the , EFCC of compromise, being selective in its treatment of suspects by releasing the associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chieftain, barely eight hours of his arrest.
According to PDP, setting Jafaru Isa free while its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh remains detained and without being charged to court since last week Tuesday, vindicates its position that President Buhari led Federal Government was not fighting corruption, but on a clamp-down mission on PDP leaders.
In a statement by its National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon, the PDP noted that its spokesman, who was arrested without invitation by the anti graft agency has remained incarcerated since Tuesday while the APC chieftain who even disregarded the commission’s invitation and had to be arrested was quickly released after the EFCC boss meeting at the Presidential villa.
Kwon who noted that there can be no clearer indication that the APC-led administration was on a man-hunt against PDP leaders, and that it has a personal grudge against Chief Metuh, ostensibly for his stance as opposition spokesman, particularly his recent exchange with the government and the APC over their dictatorial activities.
The party queried the action of the EFCC in freeing Brig. General Jafaru Isa, eight hours after his arrest last Wednesday night while Chief Metuh was still being detained even when the two are being investigated over same allegation of receiving funds from the office of the National Security Adviser.
Kwon said, “The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and chieftain of the APC eight hours after his arrest while our spokesman remains in detention even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption but using the much hyped crusade as a cover to persecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool.
“We have information of the marching order from the Presidency for the immediate release of the President’s associate and that his issue is one of the major part reasons for the repeated visits of the EFCC Chairman to the Presidential villa within the period of his arrest. Of course, there is nothing hidden under the sun.
“We ask, how can the EFCC now explain to the world that it is not corrupt and teleguided by the Federal Government to persecute PDP leaders? What happened to the illegal holding charge upon which it has detained the PDP spokesman beyond the limit stipulated by section 35(5a) of the constitution and in violation of his guaranteed personal liberty under the law?
“Are there now two separate sets of laws; one for PDP leaders and perceived foes of the President Buhari-led government which allows them to be detained beyond constitutional limits without being charged to court and another set, for associates of the President associates and APC leaders, which guarantees them a slap in the back and immunity from investigation and prosecution, and if arrested, an immediate release?
“Is it really true that the fund Jafaru Isa was alleged to have received from the former NSA was traced near the corridors of those who today bestride power in the country? Furthermore, can the Federal Government
and the APC now in all honesty face the world and announce that this administration is indeed waging war against corruption?
“Can the EFCC explain what has happened to several petitions by Nigerians on corruption issues against many APC leaders including those who as former governor looted funds belonging to their state? Are they now under immunity for the fact that they are in the APC and that most of the funds they looted where used to finance APC’s Presidential campaign?
“While we reiterate our support for any effort aimed eradicating corruption in our nation we stand our ground in demanding that the fight must be holistic, credible, within the limits provided by the laws irrespective of political affiliations.
“The PDP therefore restates its demand that the EFCC immediately releases its spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh or charge him to court if they have any case against him. His continued detention without being charged to court is only indicative of the fact that the commission has not been able convince itself of enough evidence of guilt and is now lending itself as a willing instrument of persecution against Chief Metuh.
“The public will recall that the PDP is not given to frivolous claims as evidenced in many instances including our alert last year of a meeting between the Presidency, the then newly appointed INEC Chairman and top security officers just before the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
“Finally, we state with every sense of responsibility that now that it is clear, with the release of Jafaru Isa eight hours after his arrest, that the continued detention of our spokesman is politically motivated, this party can no longer guarantee that it can rein in its members and supporters who have been exercising restrain since this particular arrest by the EFCC.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and the laws are made for all of us and must be applied on its values and spirit without political considerations.”