The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today, 24th may declared wanted a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore. According to the anti-graft agency, Omisore allegedly received N700m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.). INFORMATION NIGERIA in this piece brings you 8 interesting things about Omisore you should know…
1.Omisore served as Deputy State Governor of Osun State from 1999 – 2003 under Governor Adebisi Akande.
2. In December 2002, Omisore was eventually impeached as Deputy Governor to Akande and soon after arrested in connection with the murder of Ige and was in detention until he was formally charged to court in March 2003 along with five of the 11 persons detained over the murder.
3.Even though he was still on trial and while in detention, Omisore contested the senatorial election for Osun East district on the platform of the PDP and he won. he was elected in April 2003 running on the platform of the PDP and served till the expiration of his term in 2007. He was reelected in 2007 and appointed to committees for Police Affairs, Housing, Culture & Tourism, Aviation and Appropriation.
4. Omisore’s trial ran through jerkily, starting and stopping several times, and in the process, two judges resigned and attributed their withdrawal to pressure and threats.
5.In the course of the trial, the Oyo State Government applied to the court to drop murder charges against four associates of Omisore, but in July 2004, it withdrew the application. On July 30, 2003, Justice Moshood Abass, the third High Court judge to handle the trial, also withdrew, citing “untold pressure… from unexpected quarters”. Before withdrawing, however, the judge had ordered Omisore to be remanded in prison.
6.Eventually, Omisore and the others on trial for the Ige murder were acquitted in November 2004.
7.Omisore holds two engineering degrees and a postgraduate certificate from Brunel University Uxbridge, as well as a Ph.D in Infrastructure Finance from the International School of Management, Paris, France. He is currently undergoing his DBA programme at the same institution.
8.Iyiola Omisore was born 15 September 1957, into a royal family in Ile-Ife, where he also grew up.