EFCC detains Omisore over N4.7 billion fraud



EFCC detains Omisore over N4.7 billion fraud

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Published: Sunday, 03 July 2016

Iyiola Omisore

Former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, was on Sunday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.

The development comes several months after being declared wanted by anti graft agency.

Elombah.com learnt that the top Peoples Democratic Party bigwig was immediately taken into EFCC custody in Abuja for questioning.

EFCC sources say Omisore may be arraigned in court tomorrow over the receipt of N1.3 billion by three firms allegedly owned by him.

The money was part of the $2.1b distributed by the former National Adviser to the President, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

Recall that the former Deputy Governor of Osun State, had insisted that he did not collect money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Lt. Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Omisore four days ago asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to stop blackmailing opposition leaders in the country.

The former deputy governor said this in a statement last Wednesday while reacting to a report that his account had been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The EFCC had frozen five bank accounts traced to Omisore, and the two sons of a former Minister of State of Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

The EFCC, it was learnt, froze the accounts as part of investigations into the N4.7bn diverted from the imprest account of the Office of NSA under the leadership of Dasuki (retd.).

Omisore, however, said, “EFCC is known for spreading rumours. Freezing my account shall amount to the tyranny and illegality acts. I won’t be surprised if the EFCC can be dodging court summons declaring me wanted and evading service. I shall ask the court to compel them to unfreeze such account because I’m neither on trial nor found guilty.

“Rather than use legal means to ensure justice, it has instead resorted to media trial and falsehood, which wouldn’t prosper under any guise. I didn’t take money from the NSA. Why this political trial-prosecution, intimidation and humiliation?

“EFCC won’t stop at any height to blackmail opposition. My AIT programme has attracted another falsehood to harass me. Only a few days ago, I accused the EFCC of dodging court summons. I didn’t collect money from the ONSA, I insist.

“I have not had any dealings with the ONSA. Last time it was N700m, today it is N1.3bn. Nigerians should be expecting higher multipliers in future. There is no such amount of money in my account. Let the EFCC bring all findings to the court, instead of spreading rumours.


Dasuki: Finally, EFCC Arrests Omisore

•Undergoing interrogation

By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally arrested  the former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, wanted for misappropriation of funds.

Authoritative sources from the Commission confirmed Omisore’s arrest on Sunday, saying that “he is currently being detained”.

“Yes, he has been arrested, detained and undergoing interrogation. That’s what I can say for now,” the source said.

The EFCC had last month in a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, declared Omisore wanted in connection with a case of receiving and misappropriating the sum of over N700, 000,000.00 from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between June and November, 2014.

Uwujaren stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain has been 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.

Instead of responding to the Commission’s investigation, he said, Omosore had approached the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

“Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf consequently ordered that Omisore should only be arrested through a due and legal process,” he said.

According to him, the EFCC had thereafter obtained a warrant to effect the arrest of the politician.

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