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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a counter-affidavit it filed before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory opposing the bail application of ex-deputy governor of Osun State Iyiola Omisore, revealed why he is still being detained.

The anti-graft agency said it still grilling Omisore for money running into hundreds of millions of naira  which he allegedly received from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

According to Kassim Yusuf, an EFCC investigator, who deposed to the counter-affidavit, the former senator had no justification for receiving the money.

“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," Yusuf said.

“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 further stated that Omisore received the funds through a United Bank for Africa (UBA) bank account belonging to Firmex Gilt Ltd.

He said the accused was the sole signatory to the account.

Omisore was also said to have received several payments through the account of Sylvan Menamara Ltd. with Diamond Bank Plc.

Yusuf said the EFCC has evidence of Omisore in the suspicious  e-payment schedules, statements of the account and signatory mandate card.

According to him, the agency is “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.”

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The investigator noted that the EFCC arrested Omisore lawfully as it obtained court orders, adding that the agency would invite a some of the associates of the suspect- the ones he named during interrogation.

The EFCC had arrested Omisore on July 3 in connection to about N1.3 billion traced to him from the Office of the NSA.

 

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