EFCC Takes Custody Of Uncooperative Dasuki

Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki
Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki

Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, was moved from the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, on Wednesday to the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which has taken over the investigations into alleged illegal arms procurement payments and other unbudgeted transactions by the NSA’s office.

Dasuki joins other suspects in the arms deal saga who are either in EFCC custody or have been questioned, including former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda and chairman of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television, AIT, and Ray Power FM radio.

Sources close to the investigation, who cannot be named as they are not officially appointed to speak on the matter, told the www.icirnigeria.org that Dasuki and the other suspects in custody, particularly, Bafarawa, had been uncooperative with investigators.

Dasuki was said to have initially refused to give a statement until he was show the statements of the former director of Finance in the NSA’s office, after which he started clarifying issues verbally before being made to put it all down in black and white.

Dasuki was still writing his statement as at press time.

Dasuki was arrested on Tuesday after the DSS had laid siege to his house in Abuja for weeks, restricting his movement and preventing him to travel abroad even though a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail to do so.

The former NSA,, who is already being tried for money laundering and illegal arms possession, is now accused of illegally collecting and disbursing more than $2 billion dollars meant for procurements of arms for security forces in the anti-terror war.

Dokpesi, one of the pioneers of private broadcasting in Nigeria, was picked up by EFCC operatives on Wednesday. He is accused of collecting illegal payments of N2.1 billion from the NSA’s office.

The DAAR Communications boss has since said that the money was for media and political campaigns which his media group did during the 2015 elections.

On his part, Bafarawa, who is said to have been the most uncooperative of the suspects, was arrested from receiving about N4.6 billion from the NSA’s office for undisclosed reasons. The former governor’s son was earlier arrested in connection with the illegal payments.

Meanwhile, the motion filed by the federal government seeking to revoke the bail granted Dasuki comes up on Thursday.






     

     

    Counsel to the government, Mohammed Diri, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, at its last sitting on the matter, that a notice of appeal had been filed at the Court of Appeal challenging the ruling of the court granting Dasuki bail.

    The court had on September 1 granted the former NSA bail to travel abroad to get medical attention but the DSS had put him under house arrest until he was eventually arrested on Tuesday in connection with the arms deal saga.

    In the case of Yuguda, although some figures have been bandied in some reports about him, it is still unclear what role he played in the arms deal saga and exactly why he was arrested.

    However, since he was the minister of state for Finance during the time that approvals were given for the alleged illegal arms deals, he might have been arrested to throw light on why some payments were sanctioned by the government.

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