The senator is in the same political party as the ex-Commissioner.
After spending a night in the custody of the Nigeria Police Special Anti-Fraud Unit, Kazeem Adedeji, former commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperative; and his banker wife, Biodun, were granted administrative bail early Friday.
The couple were arrested at the premises of Enterprise Bank, Agodi, Ibadan, where the wife works before being taken to the Special Fraud Unit officer in Lagos later on Thursday. They were, however, released after Femi Lanlehin, a Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, stood surety for them. They are to report at the police office on Monday for further investigation.
PREMIUM TIMES reliably gathered that the arrest followed a petition from the state government alleging that the former commissioner erred by lodging government money in a bank where his wife works without authorisation.
The couple’s arrest marked the second operation of the SFU in the state this year. The unit’s operatives also investigated an alleged fraud in January involving some senior government functionaries. Some top officials were arrested and later released; the investigation, however, is still on.
Sources disclosed that Mr. Lanlehin, who was in Lagos when the couple were arrested, went to the office of the SFU officials as soon as he was informed of the development on Thursday evening.
Reacting to their arrest, Mr. Adedeji, who is in the same political camp as Mr. Lanlehin and Michael Koleosho, said he had always worked as a lawyer and had done nothing wrong.
“I don’t bother myself remembering anything after leaving anywhere I worked because I always work as a lawyer without any blemish. Facts are sacred and comments free. The facts are there for any inquiring mind to see,” he said.
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