Over the past one month, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been investigating how the former National Security Adviser (NSA) to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki spent the sum of $2.1bn (N10 billion) given to him for arms deal. The investigations started when it was reported that Sambo Dasuki was given $2.1bn for the purchase of arms to fight against Boko Haram but he never purchased them.
According to reports, the former NSA listed the names of some of his accomplices in the arms deal controversy, these include: Raymond Dokpesi, owner of DAAR communications limited, Bashir Yuguda, a former minister of state for finance, Attahiru Bafarawa, a former Sokoto state governor and Mr. Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). It is appalling to know that they spent huge amounts on ridiculous things such as spiritual intervention, purchase of apartments and support for the re-election of members of the House of Representatives.
The suspects will be tried in court on Monday in order to determine the level of involvement in the illicit arms deal. However, the suspects have been divided into two groups for trial before different judges, Justice H.Y. Baba and Justice Peter O. Baffin. Dasuki, his former Director of Finance, Shaibu Salisu, Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited would be among the suspects arraigned on a 19-count charge today.
Here is a breakdown of the alleged misappropriation of $2.1 bn meant for arms deal by Dasuki and others:
- N1.5 billion: An agreement between Dasuki and a a former minister of state for finance, Bashiru Yuguda. Bashiru Yuguda also gave a breakdown on how he spent the fund:
- N600 million: This amount was sent to the chairmen of the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 general election, Bode George, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi; Peter Odili; Attahiru Bafarawa; Jim Nwobodo; and Ahmadu Ali.
- N300 million: He instructed Jabbama Limited to transfer N300 million to BAM Properties whose account detail was given to him by a former National Chairman of PDP, Bello Haliru.
- N200 million: He sent this amount to the former PDP Governorship candidate in Kebbi State, Bello Sarkin Yaki.
- N100 million: This amount was given to a former Governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi
- N100 million: He also instructed Jabbama Limited to transfer the sum of N100m to Dalhatu Limited on the request of Attahiru Bafarawa.
- 4.6 million: Attahiru Bafarawa. According to him, Dasuki gave the money to him for spiritual purposes.
- N1.45 million: Transfer to Acacia Holdings Limited’s for special prayers
- N1 million: Transfer to DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited for publicity
- N750 million: Transfer to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited account for special prayers
- N380 million: Transfer to support re-election of members of the House of Representatives
- N550 million: Transfer to Thisday newspaper. According to the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Thisday newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena, the money was a compensation for attacks on his newspaper’s offices in Abuja and Kaduna in 2012.
- N120 million: Sent to Nduka Obaigbena as compensation for 12 newspaper houses whose copies soldiers seized in June 2014. The newspapers are Thisday, Vanguard, The Sun, The Nation, New Telegraph, Daily Trust, People’s Daily, Leadership, Daily Independence, Nigerian Tribune, The Guardian and Business Day.
- N170 million: Purchase of a four-bedroom duplex
- N260 million: Sent to Tony Anenih
- N345 million: Sent to Sen. Iyorchia Ayu for Jabi mall
- N90 million: Payment for Dasuki’s son’s house.