How Dasuki paid millions of naira to Omisore —EFCC.....




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has
revealed why it is still holding in its custody, a former
Deputy Governor of Osun State, and the governorship
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2014
election in the state, Iyiola Omisore.
The anti-graft commission gave the reason in a counter-
affidavit it filed before a High Court of the Federal
Capital Territory opposing Omisore’s bail application.
It stated that the former senator was still being
investigated for money running into hundreds of millions
of naira which he allegedly received from the then
National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
An EFCC’s investigator, Kassim Yusuf, who deposed to
the counter-affidavit, stated that Omisore had no
justification for receiving the money.
Yusuf stated, “Investigation so far carried out, reveals
that the applicant received hundreds of millions of naira
from the office of the National Security Adviser, with
nothing to show for it.
“In the course of interviewing the applicant, he has
mentioned names of persons and companies through
which monies from the office of the National Security
Adviser got to him.
“There is a need for those persons and companies
mentioned by the applicant to make some clarification.
“If the applicant is granted bail, he will interfere with
witnesses and he will also prejudice and frustrate our
ongoing investigation.”
Yusuf stated that Omisore received the funds through
the account of Firmex Gilt Ltd.’s bank account
domiciled in United Bank for Africa.
The suspect was said to be the sole signatory to the
account.
He was also said to have received several payments
through the account of Sylvan Menamara Ltd. with
Diamond Bank Plc.
The investigator also stated that his agency had
evidence of Omisore in the suspicious e-payment
schedules, statements of the account and signatory
mandate card.
He stated that the commission was “ investigating
cases of alleged payments made by the office of
immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo
Dasuki (retd.) to individuals and companies, with
nothing to show for it.
“In one of the alleged cases which the 1st respondent
(EFCC) is investigating, the name of the applicant
(Omisore) featured prominently as a sole signatory to
Firmex Gilt Limited’s bank account domiciled in United
Bank for Africa Plc.
“A copy of a letter to UBA, forwarding signatory
mandate card and statement of account of Firmex Gilt
Ltd.is hereby attached.
“Several payments were also made by the office of the
immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo
Dasuki (retd.) into the bank account of Sylvan
Menamara Ltd. domiciled in Diamond Bank, with nothing
to show for it.
“Copies of e-payment schedules from ONSA and
statement of accounts of Sylvan Menamara Ltd. are
hereby attached.
“From Sylvan Menamara Ltd.’s Diamond Bank account,
the sum of N160m was deposited into the said account
on 4th August, 2014 by the then NSA.
“This sum was subsequently transferred into the Firmex
Gilt Ltd.’s bank account domiciled in UBA Plc on 8th
August, 2014.”
Yusuf stated that Omisore’s arrest and detention were
lawful as they were backed by court orders.
He also stated that the commission was planning to
invite a number of the ex-deputy governor’s associates,
who he named during interrogation.
The EFCC had on July 3 arrested Omisore in relation to
about N1.3bn of the Office of the NSA’s fund traced to
him.
He subsequently filed the bail application before Justice
Olukayode Adeniyi, seeking an order releasing him from
custody.
But opposing the application on Thursday, EFCC’s
lawyer, Takon Ndifon, argued that the fundamental
rights enforcement suit initially filed before the court by
Omisore was merely intended to frustrate his
investigation.
Ndifon said Omisore was invited by the EFCC on April
11, in relation to the investigation, but promised to
honour the invitation on April 14.
He said, “Instead of honouring the invitation in line with
his rescheduled date of April 14, 2016, he came and
misled this court by obtaining an order of interim
injunction restraining the 1st respondent (EFCC) from
unlawfully arresting and detaining him without following
the due process of law.”
Ndifon said the anti-graft agency, in compliance with
the law, obtained a warrant of arrest and remand
warrant “to keep the applicant in its custody for 14 days
pending the conclusion of its investigation and the
arraignment of the applicant in court.”
The lawyer also picked holes in Omisore’s claim of
being ill.
According to him, Omisore did not mention any ailment
in his motion and that he also failed to establish that
his purported ailment could not be treated in the
country.
He said, “We further submit that, based on the
applicant’s antecedent, if he is granted bail, he will
abscond and he will never willingly present himself to
the 1ts respondent for arraignment before any court of
law.”
While moving his client’s bail application, Chris Uche
(SAN), urged the court to grant bail to the former
senator, arguing that his (Omisore’s) current detention
was illegal.
He said since the court had restrained the EFCC from
arresting his client, his current detention had flouted
the law.
Uche also said his client’s ill health required that he be
released from custody and allowed to seek medical
attention outside the country.
Justice Adeniyi fixed Friday for ruling.

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