The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, January 10, declared that the release of President Muhammadu Buhari’s associate, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Brigadier-General Jafaru Isa (retd) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), barely eight hours after arrest, had vindicated its position that the Federal Government is not fighting corruption, but was on a clampdown mission on its leaders.
This disclosure was made known in a statement signed by its national legal adviser, Mr Victor Kwon, as the party lamented the continued detention of its spokesperson, Chief Olisa Metuh, who it said had not been charged to court since last Tuesday.
The statement read: “there can be no clearer indication that the APC-led administration is on a manhunt against PDP leaders and has a personal grudge against Chief Metuh, ostensibly for his stance as opposition spokesperson, particularly his recent exchange with the government and the APC over their dictatorial activities.”
The party queried the action of the EFCC in freeing Brigadier-General Isa, eight hours after his arrest last Wednesday night, while “Chief Metuh is still being detained even when the two are being investigated over same allegation of receiving funds from the office of the National Security Adviser.”
“The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and chieftain of the APC eight hours after his arrest while our spokesman remains in detention, even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption, but using the much hyped crusade as a cover to persecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool.
“We have information of the marching order from the Presidency for the immediate release of the president’s associate and that his issue is one of the major part reasons for the repeated visits of the EFCC chairman to the Presidential Villa within the period of his arrest. Of course, there is nothing hidden under the sun.
“We ask, how can the EFCC now explain to the world that it is not corrupt and teleguided by the Federal Government to persecute PDP leaders? What happened to the illegal holding charge upon which it has detained the PDP spokesman beyond the limit stipulated by section 35(5a) of the constitution and in violation of his guaranteed personal liberty under the law?
“Are there now two separate sets of laws; one for PDP leaders and perceived foes of the President Buhari-led government, which allows them to be detained beyond constitutional limits without being charged to court and another set for associates of the president and APC leaders, which guarantees them a slap in the back and immunity from investigation and prosecution and if arrested, an immediate release?”
“Is it really true that the fund Jafaru Isa was alleged to have received from the former NSA was traced near the corridors of those who today bestride power in the country? Furthermore, can the Federal Government and the APC, now in all honest,y face the world and announce that this administration is, indeed, waging war against corruption?
“Can the EFCC explain what has happened to several petitions by Nigerians on corruption issues against many APC leaders, including those who as former governor looted funds belonging to their state? Are they now under immunity for the fact that they are in the APC and that most of the funds they looted where used to finance APC’s presidential campaign?”