Brig.Gen. Jafaru Isa (retd.), has reportedly returned N170m to the Federal Government.
Isa, a former military governor of Kaduna State was a member of Buhari’s 19-man transition committee, but he was arrested and detained by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for allegedly receiving N400m from Dasuki.
He was, however, released by the EFCC after returning N100m to the commission with a promise to pay the balance of N70m.
According to a report by The Punch, “A reliable source at the EFCC stated, “I can confirm to you that Jafaru Isa has returned the balance of N70m to the Federal Government’s purse. This brings the total amount of money he has returned to N170m.”
“However, while Jafaru was released after five days in detention, Metuh spent about three weeks in the custody of the commission, causing the PDP to accuse the anti-graft agency of being partial.
“In his reaction to the PDP’s accusation, the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had said, “From the records, Metuh got over N400m. He has not said anything because we need the public money to be returned so that it’s going to be used for public good.
“Also Jafaru Isa, what Dasuki gave him was N170m. He also agreed that he collected that money. He was with us for four to five days and then he made a deposit of N100m and signed an undertaking to bring the rest. That does not mean we will not prosecute him.”
It, however, remained unclear if the EFCC will still prosecute Isa, who is believed to have health challenges.
Isa and Buhari once unsuccessfully contested as Governor of Bauchi State and President of Nigeria, respectively in 2011 on the platform of the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC).