Omisore’s Arrest: EFCC Persecuting Our Members, PDP Cries Out

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the arrest of Otunba Iyiola Omisore by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Sunday and accused the anti-graft agency of being biased.

The commission arrested Mr. Omisore, a one-time deputy governor and candidate of the PDP in the 2014 governorship election in Osun State at his Abuja residence after three months of hide and seek.

The spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest of the PDP chieftain yesterday, saying it was part of investigation into a case of receiving and misappropriating N700 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, between June and November, 2014.

Sambo Dasuki, who was the National Security Adviser during the period, is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly spearheading the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.

Condemning the arrest of Mr. Omisore, the Osun PDP spokesman, Diran Odeyemi, said the ex-deputy governor had a valid court injunction restraining the EFCC from arresting him.

“There’s a court injunction by senator Omisore against the EFCC not to be arrested”, he said.

“We’re never aware that that judgment has been vacated especially on Sunday. It’s very unfortunate that the EFCC is carrying out its assignment in a way that suggests its persecuting the opposition”.

Mr. Odeyemi, however, pointed out that the party would approach the court for Mr. Omisore’s bail on Monday.

“Today is Sunday, by tomorrow, everything would be more clearer (sic) and we’ll have to go to court to enforce his fundamental human right”, he added.

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