Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has put in place machinery to arrest Dr. Iyiola Omisore this weekend, barring any changes to the plan.
A source familiar with the development told The Trent on Friday, June 24, 2016 that the EFCC is in its “highest gear” to arrest the PDP stalwart, who ran for the governorship of Osun State against incumbent, Rauf Aregbesola in the last election.
The EFCC has been pointing fingers at Dr. Omisore for some time, presumably over the alleged Colonel Sambo Dasuki $2.1 billion arms fund which is now tagged #DasukiGate. Several opposition figures in the country have been arrested and detained by the EFCC under the cover of #DasukiGate.
Our findings reveal that the EFCC is under instruction from leaders of the ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to clamp down on key leaders of the main opposition party, PDP on trumped up charges.
Omisore is one of the chieftains of the PDP that have been targeted for arrest, despite a court order restraining the EFCC from arresting him over a matter that is already the subject of litigation before a court of law, a source close to Omisore told our reporter.
This week, Ekiti Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose revealed that the EFCC had frozen his account flouting his immunity guaranteed by the constitution of Nigeria. The EFCC has also detained several persons linked to the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and consistently disobeyed court orders.
“This plan, which has been put in motion to pick up Dr. Omisore is geared at retaining Osun State by all means in 2018. The APC leaders in the state know that with Aregbesola’s divisiveness and misrule, the APC is a goner. So they are plotting to silence the opposition. It is unfortunate that the EFCC is allowing itself to be used as henchmen of the current fascist government,” our source, who did not wish to be named, said.
When contacted, Iyiola Omisore maintained that why the EFCC may be taking such action against him is because he went on national television station, AIT and exposed the “killer democracy” that General Muhammadu Buhari has introduced into Nigeria.
“It is because I was on AIT On Thursday, where I alerted Nigerians of the abuse of human rights and utter disrespect for the rule of law by the Buhari regime. I exposed the killer democracy that is being practised in this country, the illegal arrests, back-door detention warrants, and the general tyranny,” Omisore said in response to The Trent’s enquiries.
“I want to assure Nigerians, especially the suffering masses of Osun State that I won’t abandon them even in the face of persecution. I didn’t take any money from Dasuki. EFCC needs to go search for crooks, election riggers, and government money embezzlers in its party, the APC,” Omisore declared.