On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, Jafaru Isa, a political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and chieftain of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) was arrested in Abuja for his involvement in the #DasukiGate scandal. The nation watched with eagle eye scrutiny to see what the action of the president would be and how the matter will be handled. But the country was left bewildered when Mr. Isa was however released less than eight hours after being arrested, much to the chagrin of the nations’ opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
This made the party come all out, accusing the nation anti-graft commission, Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being partisan and biased in the way its handling the anti-corruption crusade. This was contained in a statement written by the party’s counsel and legal adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon.
But the EFCC has issued a press statement of its own, explaining why they had to released Mr. Jafaru Isa. According to the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency said:
“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a statement by the National Legal Adviser of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Victor Kwon, alleging compromise and political witch hunts in the release of a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Brigadier-General Jafaru Isa, (retd) by the EFCC.
“While the EFCC will not wish to join issues with Kwon in this regard, it is important that the public is presented with the facts regarding the release of Isa. The APC chieftain was arrested for his involvement in the arms procurement scam, to the tune of N170,000,000 (One Hundred and Seventy Million Naira).
“Upon his arrest, the retired General admitted receiving the said sum from Dasuki and immediately refunded a total sum of N100,000, 000 (One Hundred Million Naira only), with an undertaking to refund the balance of N70,000,000 (Seventy Million Naira only) in two weeks. Besides, his health deteriorated after he was taken into custody. These two factors prompted the offer of bail to the suspect.”
It would be recalled that a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called Integrity Group had lashed out at the Chairman of the EFCC, accusing him of lying about not receiving any petition to probe any member of the nations’ ruling party, APC.