The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ekiti State chapter on Wednesday challenged the Federal Government and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to explain the reason behind the release of an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress chieftain, Jafaru Isa, who was earlier arrested for his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal.
The Ekiti PDP said the release of Isa, who was a former military administrator of Kaduna State, by the EFCC after allegedly returning N100 million out of the money collected from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was “shady”.
Mr. Dasuki, who is undergoing trial for alleged diversion and misappropriation of over $2.1 billion meant for purchase of arms and munition to fight Boko Haram, reportedly lodged about N170 million into Mr. Isa’s account in instalments to buy a house, located in Kano.
Isa, a retired Brigadier-General of the Nigerian Army, was said to have promised to return the remaining N70million soon, which informed his release by the EFCC.
But the PDP, in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, said the whole episode of the Isa arrest and release was “concocted” by the EFCC and the Federal Government.
Mr. Adebayo pointed out that the Isa story was used by the government as a cover-up for the credibility problem suffered by its anti-corruption crusade, which portrayed the government as witch-hunting only members of the opposition party.
“The whole thing was like a drama from Nollywood where you can see the end of a film from the beginning. The arrest, purported refund of N100 million by Isa and his eventual release was a charade taken too far”, the statement said.
“The EFCC and the Federal Government should explain to the world what was the money collected by Isa meant for as was done to other cases since the beginning of the indiscriminate arrest and perpetual detention of the PDP members in the same category”.
The party also challenged the EFCC to declare public the balance of what was received after the former MILAD made a refund and why he was not charged to court.
According to the Ekiti PDP spokesman, the anti-corruption war of Mr. Buhari is only aimed at PDP and opposition members, adding that the rule of law should not be trampled upon in the so-called war against corruption.