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Buhari ‘President won’t interfere in Jafaru Isa’s case,’ Presidency says

Isa, who is one of Buhari’s political associates, was arrested by the EFCC on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, on charges of corruption.

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President Muhammadu Buhari won’t interfere in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) case against All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Jafaru Isa.

Isa, who is one of Buhari’s political associates, was arrested by the EFCC on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, on allegations of corruption.

“It is true that Isa has been with Buhari from the days of the ANPP and CPC and was equally a member of the Transition Committee and actually headed the Defence Committee,” a presidential aide, who chose to remain anonymous, told Vanguard.

“That does not mean that Buhari knows anything about the N100 million said to have been collected by the man from the ONSA,” the source added.

Isa is alleged to have accepted a "gift’"of $5 million dollars from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki supposedly to secure his support for the 2015 general elections.

Dasuki is at the center of the massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of the funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria's military.

He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the EFCC the day after.

READ: Buhari orders Dasuki's arrest

The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of the PDP.

READ: Dasuki has started confessing

Dasuki’s lawyer however denied the report that his client had become an informant while the former NSA said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan was aware of the transactions he had made.

READ: Bafarawa reportedly received N4.6 billion from Dasuki for spiritual purposes

Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.

Dasuki was released on bail from Kuje Prison in December 2015 but was soon re-arrested by the DSS.

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