Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:17 pm
Former Governor of Rivers state, Dr. Peter Odili and Chief Olabode George also got ‘allocations’ of N100 million each from the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (ret.).
According to SaharaReporters, the largess to the two PDP officials was diverted from funds meant for the purchase of arms in order to better equip the Nigerian military in its campaign against Islamist terror group, Boko Haram.
Instead, the N200 million paid to the two PDP stalwarts was designed to ensure the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost the presidential election held on March 28, 2015.
A panel appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari is currently investigating the reported theft of more than $2 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the name of purchasing arms.
Mr. Dasuki, who was arrested yesterday, initially claimed he stole no funds, adding that Mr. Jonathan approved all his expenses related to arms deals.
However, his position changed soon as he was confronted with the statement written by his former director of finance, Shuaibu Salisu who had squealed on all those involved in the scam to investigators.
Nigerian law enforcement agents have so far arrested twenty one persons in relation to the arms purchase scandal. Those under detention or arrest include former senior staff of the office of the National Security Adviser, a former state governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, and the owner of African Independent Television (AIT) network, Raymond Dokpesi.
All the arrested suspected are being interrogated in connection with money laundering. Dokpesi in a statement admitted receiving N2.1billion from the NSA for the purpose of advertising and political campaign.
Yesterday, the former NSA, Mr. Dasuki, joined the other suspects at the offices of the EFCC.
Agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) handed Mr. Dasuki over to EFCC operatives who have begun questioning him on how he allegedly diverted funds meant for arms purchase into Mr. Jonathan’s re-election campaign.