Buhari’s associate, Jafaru Isa, arrested over $2.1bn arms deal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday night arrested a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, retired Brigadier General Lawal Jafaru Isa, over alleged involvement in arms deal.

Isa is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest on Thursday.

“I can confirm to you that Jafaru Isa is here with us,” Mr Uwujaren said.

Isa, Military Administrator of Kaduna State from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha and one-time governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Kano State, is a close friend of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

He was picked up at his Ajayi Crowther Street home in Asokoro District, Abuja.

EFCC sources say Isa was invited last week for interaction in connection with the ongoing investigation of the $2.1billion arms deals but he requested for time to honour the invitation.

He is being interrogated over allegations that he received between N80 to N100milion from Dasuki.

The Kaduna-born politician is the first APC chief to be arrested since the beginning of a probe into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.