EFCC releases Omisore after 19 days in detention

The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission on Friday released a former
Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator
Iyiola Omisore, after 19 days in detention.
It was learnt that Omisore was released on
bail by the commission after meeting his bail
The former deputy governor, who was
declared wanted by the EFCC in May, was
arrested on July 3, 2016 after N1.310bn was
traced to the accounts of five companies
allegedly belonging to him.
The money was said to be part of the N4.7bn
allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of
State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
and his two sons, Gbolahan and Babajide.
The N4.7bn was said to have emanated from
the account of the Office of the National
Security Adviser in 2014 and then transferred
to the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan
McNamara, a company in which Obanikoro's
sons are the signatories to its bank account.
Omisore allegedly received the funds in four
tranches from Sylvan McNamara between
July and August 2014, a few weeks before
the Osun State governorship election which
he lost.
A document detailing the transaction showed
that the money was paid into accounts of
three companies allegedly belonging to
A detective at the anti-graft agency
explained, "On July 9, 2014, N150m was paid
into the bank account of Sawanara at First
Bank. On August 1, 2014, N300m was paid
into Sawanara Limited.
"On August 8, 2014, about N160m was paid
into the bank account of Fimex Gilt Limited
domiciled at UBA. On the day of the election,
August 9, 2014, N350m was paid into the
First Bank account of Metropolitan
Omisore had, however, denied receiving any
money from the ONSA.
The former deputy governor had also sued
the EFCC for N10bn and prayed a Federal
High Court in Abuja to grant him an order of
perpetual injunction restraining the
"defendants (EFCC) either by themselves,
their agents, officers, servants, privies or
otherwise however called from making such
or similar defamatory publication of and
concerning the plaintiff (Omisore) to any
person or persons."
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the anti-graft
agency will soon charge Omisore alongside
Mr. Abiodun Agbele, an aide to Governor
Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Agbele is alleged to have received N1.219bn
from Obanikoro on behalf of Fayose during
the build-up to the June 21, 2014
governorship election in Ekiti State.
A source at the EFCC said, "We have already
started putting the charges together because
we have virtually completed investigations
and we are lining up witnesses against them.
They will be charged for fraud very soon."e

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