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Iyiola Omisore spends first day in detention – 5 things to note about his case

After more than two months of evading arrest, a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Iyiola Omisore was arrested on Sunday, July 3, 2016 in his Abuja residence by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was arrested in Abuja for the N4.745billion allegedly allocated to him and others by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) out of which about N1.310billion was allegedly traced to Omisore and three companies.

5 Details about the Omisore vs EFCC saga

  1. Omisore was declared wanted in May 2016 after the EFCC secured an arrest warrant against him.
  2. On April 7, 2016, the EFCC invited Omisore for interrogation in a letter. The letter, signed by Abubakar Madaki on behalf of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, reads in part: “The commission is investigating an alleged case in which your name featured prominently.

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to attend an interview the undersigned on Monday, 11th of April 2016 at No.30, Harper Crescent, Wuse Zone 7 at10am.

“Your cooperation in this regard is solicited.”

  1. Rather than honour the invitation, Omisore, through one of his lawyers, Wole Jimi-Bada and Co. wrote the EFCC requesting that the interview should be rescheduled to Thursday, April 14, 2016.

The counsel said in part: “Your letter dated 7th April 2016 and addressed to our client and delivered to his gateman at our client’s residence has been passed on to our chambers.

“We regret to inform you that our client travelled briefly out of Abuja but will return by Wednesday evening. Consequently and unfortunately, he will not be able to attend the interview scheduled for Monday, 11th April 2016 as requested in your letter under reference.

  1. Omisore then approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, praying the court to stop the EFCC from arresting him.
  2. He has since been in hiding until he was nabbed yesterday after the EFCC successfully trailed his movement in Abuja.

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