Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former military governor of Kaduna State and a close associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, Lawal Jafaru Isa, reports Premium Times.
Isa was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.
Isa is the first chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be arrested by the EFCC since the probe of arms deal commenced.
Isa, one-time governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives CPC in Kano State was arrested at his Abuja residence located at Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro.
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Operatives of the commission invaded his residence around 9pm and whisked him away a few minutes later.
Isa, a close friend of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was asked to appear before the commission on Wednesday to clear the air on some questionable receipts from the former NSA.
Rather than honour the invitation, Isa wrote a letter to the EFCC through his lawyer, seeking a postponement of his appearance date on the grounds of death of a relative.
Apparently not satisfied with his response, the EFCC stormed his residence and arrested him to clarify the questionable receipts.
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- News 24