Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of bias in its treatment of suspects by releasing Brig. General Jafaru Isa (retired), a known associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC chieftain, barely eight hours of his arrest.
This was contained in a statement issued by its National Legal Adviser, Barrister Victor Kwon.
It noted that, setting Jafaru Isa free while its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh remains detained and without being charged to court since last week Tuesday, vindicates its position that President Buhari led Federal Government was not fighting corruption, but on a clamp-down mission on PDP leaders.
Metuh who was arrested without invitation by the anti graft agency has remained incarcerated since last week while the APC chieftain who even disregarded the commission’s invitation and had to be arrested was quickly released after the EFCC boss meeting at the Presidential villa.
The statement added that there can be no clearer indication that the APC-led administration was on a man-hunt against PDP leaders, and that it has a personal grudge against Chief Metuh, ostensibly for his stance as opposition spokesman, particularly his recent exchange with the government and the APC over their dictatorial activities.
“The release of Jafaru Isa, a known associate of the President and chieftain of the APC eight hours after his arrest while our spokesman remains in detention even when the two are being investigated over same allegation, clearly shows that the President Buhari-led APC government is not fighting corruption, but using the much hyped crusade as a cover to persecute PDP leaders and decimate the opposition, a project the EFCC has clearly yielded itself as a willing tool.
“We have information of the marching order from the Presidency for the immediate release of the President’s associate and that his issue is one of the major reasons for the repeated visits of the EFCC Chairman to the Presidential villa within the period of his arrest. Of course, there is nothing hidden under the sun.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and the laws are made for all of us and must be applied on its values and spirit without political considerations,” Kwon pointed out.