Why EFCC Arrested Buhari’s Friend, General Lawal Jafaru Isa

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The Presidency has stated that it would not interfere in the arrest and probe of an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Jafaru Isa, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

He was arrested By EFCC on Wednesday night in connection to the $2.1bn arms scandal. The former Military Administrator of Kaduna State from December 1993 to August 1996, during the regime of General Sani Abacha, once contested for governor under the defunct CPC in Kano State. More after the cut….

Isa, who is a top shot in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was said to have collected N100 million from the Office of the National Adviser, ONSA.

A presidential aide told press that: “It is true that Isah 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. “That does not mean that Buhari knows anything about the N100 million said to have been collected by the man from the ONSA.”

Jafaru was picked up at his Abuja residence located on Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro by operatives of the anti-graft commission when he failed to honour an invitation to clear the air on some payments traced to him from the ONSA. Jafaru reportedly wrote a letter to the commission asking for more time to attend to a family burial instead of reporting to the EFCC.

A witness said that operatives of the anti-graft commission invaded his residence around 9pm, and then whisked him away a few minutes later. Mr. Isa, a retired brigadier general, was invited last week to appear before the commission on Wednesday (yesterday) to clear the air on “some questionable receipts” from the former NSA.
Investigators believe the retired soldier received over N100million from Mr. Dasuki