EFCC Gives Reasons For Jafaru Isa’s Release

efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied reports that it is focusing its anti-corruption fight on opposition, with the release of Jafaru Isa, an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain and the continued detention of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

The opposition party had alleged that the release of Jafaru Isa showed that the anti-corruption crusade was a much-hyped crusade to prosecute the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and Chieftain of the APC, eight hours after his arrest, while our Spokesman remains in detention even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption but using the much-hyped crusade as a cover to prosecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool,” the PDP claimed.

In a statement by the commission through its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC explained the reason behind the release of Mr Isa, who was arrested for his involvement in the arms procurement scam of a total of 170,000,000 Naira.

“Upon his arrest, the retired General admitted receiving the said sum from Dasuki and immediately refunded a total sum of 100 million Naira, with an undertaking to refund the balance of 70 million Naira in two weeks,” the EFCC said.

The commission also mentioned the state of the APC Chieftain’s health as another factor that prompted his release.

The EFCC pointed out that the grant of bail does not amount to exoneration of the suspect.

In the case of the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, the EFCC revealed that “Metuh, who is exposed to the tune of 1.2 billion Naira in the arms scandal, has shown no readiness to refund any amount of money to the EFCC, nor has he signed any undertaking to do so at a future date”.

It also claimed that contrary to claims by his party, the PDP Spokesman was not being detained illegally, as the commission obtained a valid court order to hold him.

The commission gave the assurance that Mr Metuh would be released once he satisfied the condition for the discretion to be exercised in his favour.

The EFCC further said it would not be intimidated or stampeded by any campaign of calumny intended to detract it.

PDP Suspends Amaechi

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a member of the party over the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

The NWC also referred the suspension of Mr Amaechi to the party’s disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

The party’s NWC at an emergency meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend the Rivers state Governor following a petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee.

The party made this known in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

According to the statement, the party “considered the petition submitted by the PDP Rivers State Executive Committee against His Excellency Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for violating Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution.”

“The National Working Committee after preliminary hearing, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 59 (3), 59 (5) and 29 (2.b) hereby suspends the Executive Governor of River State, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a member of the PDP and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.”

“This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the party to enforce discipline at all levels within the party” the statement concluded.

The state chapter of PDP in Rivers state has been embroiled in a prolonged crisis that has had 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Speaker, suspended by the newly installed executives of the party in the state.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier sacked executive members of the party in the state that were loyal to Mr Amaechi and replaced them with the Felix Obuah led faction.