The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has challenged the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to explain the release of an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, Jaffaru Isa, who was earlier arrested for his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal.
The party said the release of the former military administrator of Kaduna State, by the EFCC after allegedly returning N100 million out of the money collected from the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, was “shady”.
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.
It said the government had used the Isa story as a cover-up for the credibility problem suffered by the anticorruption crusade, which portrayed the government as hunting down 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 Mr. Isa’s refund and why he was not charged to court.
According to the PDP, 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.