FORMER deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, was on Friday evening released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Omisore was arrested on July 3, 2016 and detained by the EFCC over allegations of illegally receiving about N1.3 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), when Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) held sway there.
He was subsequently charged to court and granted bail.
Confirming his release to newsmen last night, Omisore, in a text message, said, “Thanks for your support and prayers. I also thank my supporters for their steadfastness. I’m back at home in Abuja.
Mr. Iyiola Omisore was arrested on Sunday July 3rd 2016 from his home in Abuja for his alleged role in the Dasukigate.
The spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, had told journalists after the arrest that Mr. Omisore was arrested as part of investigation into a case of receiving and misappropriating N700 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, between June and November, 2014.
Sambo Dasuki, who was the National Security Adviser during the period, is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC for allegedly spearheading the $2.1 billion scandal popularly referred to as ‘Dasukigate’.
The EFCC spokesperson said the commission secured a court warrant for Mr. Omisore’s arrest.
Earlier in March, the EFCC declared Mr. Omisore wanted for his alleged roles in the scandal. In response, Mr. Omisore, who was the PDP candidate in the last Osun governorship election, threatened to sue the anti-graft agency for N500 million damages for defamation.
Mr. Omisore’s arrest occurs weeks after the EFCC froze the Zenith Bank account of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti. Mr. Fayose was the PDP candidate in Ekiti at the time Mr. Omisore was the party’s candidate in Osun.
While Mr. Fayose won his election and is the current governor, his Osun counterpart lost his. Both men are believed to have benefitted from the #Dasukigate during the time of their elections; an allegation they’ve both denied.