|Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)|
The Federal Government will on Monday [Dec 14] arraign the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, for Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu and five others for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for arms deal.
According to THISDAY:
The trial of accused persons has been slated to commence on Monday to determine their level of culpability in the $2.1 billion arms deal, said to be disbursed from the Office of the NSA (ONSA). Further findings made available to some journalists yesterday listed the other five involved in the matter to include a former Executive Director of NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa, Sagir Attahiru, Dalhatu Investment Limited, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
Also listed as expenditures in the alleged $2.1 are: N13.570 billion “agreement” between Dasuki and the ex-Director of Finance; transfer of N1.45billion to Acacia Holdings Limited’s account for special prayers; N2.1billion given to DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited for publicity; N170million for a four-bedroom duplex; N380million to support re-election of members of the House of Representatives; and N750million paid into Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account for special prayers; N670million paid to a publisher; N260million transferred to Tony Anenih and N345million traced to a former President of the Senate, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.
According to sources from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa, was said to be on the run.
Meanwhile, all the suspects have been divided into two groups for trial before Justice H.Y. Baba and Justice Peter.O. Affen of the FCT High Courts. Those in the first group with a 19-count charge are: Dasuki , his erstwhile Director of Finance,Shaibu Salisu, Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited, while Yuguda and Bafarawa belong to the second group.
Part of the charges read: "That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki whilst being National Security Adviser and Shaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser and Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa (now at large) whilst bring Senior Special Assistant, Domestic Affairs to the President on or about 27th November within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: the sum of N10billion being part of the funds in the account of the National Security Adviser with the CBN, the equivalent of which sum you received from the CBN in foreign currencies to wit: $47million and €5.6million Euros committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you claimed to have distributed same to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Presidential Primary Election delegates and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.