The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Wednesday night, arrested former military governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Lawal Jafaru Isa.
Mr. Isa happens to be the first chieftain of the APC to be arrested by the EFCC since the beginning of the probe over the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration. He was arrested at his Abuja residence located at Ajayi Crowther street, Asokoro.
Mr. Lawal who was a former governor and one-time governorship candidate of the defunct CPC in Kano state, is said to be a close friend of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and also a close political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari.
An eye witness revealed that operatives of the EFCC invaded Mr. Lawal’s residence around 9pm, minutes later, they took him away in other to have him questioned on the allegation leveled him.
Moreover, the retired brigadier general, was invited a week before the incident to appear before the commission on Wednesday to clear the air on “some questionable receipts” from the former NSA.
Also, investigators believe the retired soldier received over N100million from Mr. Dasuki.
Mr. Lawal was also said to have written back to the commission through his lawyer, to have the date they invited him postponed based on the death of a relative of his. But the commission went ahead to arrest him to clarify the “questionable receipts” as they saw his appeal as irrelevant.
All necessary attempt to reach the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Ujuwaren on Thursday morning for comments on the arrest, proved abortive but a top official of the commission confirmed the development. ”He has been wasting our time, and we just have to pick him up for our investigation to continue,” the official said.