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Dasukigate: How Omisore Was Arrested By EFCC

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omisore-iyiola_78453It is no longer news that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Sunday arrested a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, after three months of a Cat and Mouse game.

What is however, news, is the mild drama that reportedly played out when the anti-graft agency’s officials wanted to effect his arrest, using a valid court warrant.

The former Osun deputy governor and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain was arrested by the EFCC at his Maitama residence in Abuja for the N4.745billion allegedly allocated to him and others by the Office of the former National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Of the slush funds, about N1.310billion was allegedly traced to Omisore and three companies.

His suspected accomplices include Governor Ayodele Fayose and former Minister of State Defence (State) Musiliu Obanikoro, who is presently in the United States.

SEE: Omisore Demands N500m As Damages From EFCC For Declaring Him ‘Wanted’

It was learnt that when the operatives stormed his residence yesterday morning based on intelligence reports that he was in Abuja, Mr. Omisore reportedly locked himself up in the master bedroom, refusing to surrender.

The former Osun deputy governor reportedly told the EFCC team: “I will not follow you; only my corpse will follow you”.

He, however, reportedly surrendered when the siege to his house was daunting.

A top source in EFCC, who gave a blow-by-blow account of how Omisore was eventually arrested, said: “We had intelligence report that Omisore was at his 1, Kainji Crescent in Maitama, Abuja. We set out at 6am to invite him but when we got there; we were told he was not in town.

“We went into the compound and gained access to the house. We started searching the rooms one by one. At a point, we discovered that the master’s bedroom was locked. We asked them to open it but they said, they had no key to it. Having been aware of our presence, Omisore had firmly locked up himself to evade arrest.

“We surrounded the place with armed policemen and entered the master bedroom through the balcony. When we met him, we showed him a court warrant of arrest and a search warrant fully endorsed by a competent court.

“We searched his room afterwards and we discovered documents linking him to those companies used for laundering of money from ONSA, National Assembly and some firms which they forced to part with cash to fund political campaign.

“Some of the documents on landed properties which he bought with these slush funds.

“When we finished the search, we showed him the warrant of arrest but he retired into a mild drama that he would not go to the EFCC office.

“Omisore, who knew the game was up said: ‘I will not follow you, only my corpse   will follow you’. The suspense continued until his lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, asked him to go to EFCC headquarters.

“After then, we took him to the office and obtained a statement from him. During interrogation, he admitted that he is a director of some of the companies linked to him. ONSA, National Assembly and some firms that paid huge funds into the accounts of these companies”.

According to the source, the PDP chieftain acknowledged that the companies paid the funds under investigation to him but they were the money he loaned them.

“We have served him bail conditions, it is left to him to meet these terms to regain freedom. So far, we have detained him”, the source said.

It was learnt that $21,000 and about N1million cash was found in Mr. Omisore’s room along with sensitive documents relating to transfer of funds to slush companies by ONSA, the National Assembly and some companies.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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