The Economic Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declare wanted, a leading figure in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ex Senator Iyiola Omisore, over N700 million which he reportedly collected from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
According to the agency, Senator Omisore has yet to explain why he received such amount of money from the former NSA, who is currently on trial for corruption in three different law courts in Abuja.
In a statement made by the EFCC yesterday, the senator has been evasive of the official summon to appear and give logical answers about the money.
The statement as written by the commission through a spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujare, says:
“The commission, today, declared a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, wanted.
“He is wanted in connection with a case of receiving and misappropriating N700 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, between June and November, 2014.”
Sources familiar with the case said Omisore’s name appeared on a list of 241 contractors who got contracts from the office of the NSA in 2014, but did not do any appreciable job to justify the huge sums collected by them.
Omisore, whose firm reportedly got a security job for N442.6 million, allegedly received payment shortly after the money was paid to the company that secured the job. He was said to be a director of the firm at the time the payment was made to him.
The first letter requesting his presence for interrogation by the EFCC was received by Omisore and it reads:
“The commission is investigating an alleged case in which your name featured prominently.
“In view of the above, you are requested to interview the undersigned on Monday, April 11, at 30, Harper Crescent, Wuse Zone 7, at 10a.m. Your cooperation in this regard is solicited,” signed by Abubakar Madaki on behalf of the acting chairman of commission.
However, rather than honour the invitation, Omisore wrote through a lawyer, Wole Jimi-Bada and Co., that the interview should be rescheduled and it said:
“Your letter dated April 7, addressed to our client and delivered to his security at our client’s residence, has been passed on to our chambers.
“We regret to inform you that our client travelled briefly out of Abuja but will return by Wednesday evening accordingly.
“Consequently, he will not be able to attend the interview schedule, as requested in your letter under reference.
“On his behalf, we humbly request that the interview be rescheduled for April 14, for him to honour your invitation. We regret any inconvenience this request may cause you.”
He literally sought for his fundamental rights from a court, expressing his stance on the matter through the following statement:
“I read the statement issued by EFCC, purportedly declaring me wanted as an attempt by that organisation and its leadership to tarnish my image.
“That statement, if indeed it was issued by EFCC, is the height of mischief and a deliberate attempt to assassinate my character. It is now very clear that EFCC is indeed playing out the script of persecuting and harassing perceived opposition groups in the country.
“To be sure, there is no basis for the EFCC so-called statement. Only on Tuesday, May 24, we appeared in court with EFCC asking for the permission of the court for an extension of time in the preliminary objection to a suit filed against me.
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“The Managing Director of Firmex Gill, which EFCC joined in their case indemnified me from the company’s contracts and any such obligations.
“In other words, there is nothing relating to me in the company’s contract deal with ONSA. The company has even sued ONSA for its inability to pay the balance of the contract so awarded to it,” he concluded.