The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has explained the reason behind its release of a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State and known associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, retired Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa.
Isa was picked up by the EFCC last week on allegations that he received N100 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), but was released some hours later to the chagrin of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which questioned the rationale behind the move while its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, still remained in custody.
Mr. Isa was said to have refunded 60 per cent of the money he allegedly collected from former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, The Nation reports.
Regarding the interrogation of Brig.-Gen. Isa (retd.), the newspaper quoted a top EFCC source as saying “He admitted collecting money from ONSA and he has refunded 60 per cent of the sum credited to him. I think it should be about N100 million.
“Isa is the only person who has so far refunded money among the political figures who collected funds from ONSA. We have granted him bail to allow him time to source for the balance”.
On the continued detention of the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, the source said: “So far, Metuh has admitted the transfer of N400 million by ONSA into a company in which he has substantial interest.
“It is left to him to justify why he deserved such benefit from arms cash. We are still questioning him on other remittances into the company’s account. We are also demanding how he will refund the cash.
“Contrary to the noise outside, we did our homework very well. Anybody we bring to the EFCC this time around, we used to make sure that we have established a case against him”.
“So, we don’t invite or arrest on frivolous basis. We do thorough investigation this time around”, the source added.