An erstwhile Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has demanded that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pays him N500 million as damages for declaring him “wanted”.
In a letter written by his counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), to the desk of the chairman of the premier anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu, Omisore threatened to sue the commission for defamation, if the payment is not made.
The letter, which was dated May 25, 2016, disclosed that the publication declaring him (Omisore) wanted as published in some national dailies was malicious.
The letter read: “We are informed that the publication is not just malicious but falsehood in all respect.
“Our client has not refused to make himself available to the commission but rather has proceeded to the court to seek protection of the court when he perceived that the invitation was a deliberate ploy to unlawfully arrest and detain him.
“The high court of the federal capital territory in suit number FCT/HC/CV1456/2016 had granted an interim order in the following terms, in favour of our client to wit:
“An order of interim injunction is hereby made restraining the first and second and second respondent by themselves, their agents, officers, servants, privies or anybody, howsoever described from unlawfully arresting, detaining or in any manner interfering with the fundamental rights of the applicant without following the due process of law.”
“Consequently, we have our client’s instruction to request for a retraction of the offensive publication along with the payment of N500m damages occasioned by the publication to our client within seven days of this letter.
“Please take notice that if our client’s demands are not met within seven days as requested, we shall be constrained to institute a civil proceedings against your commission and its Head, Media and Publicity for aggravated damages which certainly shall not be limited to N500m.”
The EFCC had on Tuesday declared Omisore wanted in connection to an allegation that he received and misappropriated over N700 million from the office of the National Security Adviser.
The anti-corruption agency also claimed that the former governor refused to honour its invitation for investigation.