The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has explained why former President Goodluck Jonathan has not been arrested in connection with the $2.1 billion misappropriated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) when he was the president.
Speaking to online publishers Monday [Jan 11] in Lagos, he said the former president had not been summoned by the commission because no document had been traced to him giving approval for the disbursement of the money for any purpose other than for the purchase of arms, reported online news website, The Eagle Online.
The funds, which were managed by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has led to the arrest, detention, questioning and arraignment of so many prominent Nigerians, with some wondering why Jonathan, believed to be the principal actor in the unfolding scenario, has not been arrested or summoned for questioning.
Magu, during his meeting with the media chiefs, said all those questioned so far in connection with the money were people who disbursed or collected it for reasons other than the purchase of arms and ammunition.
Magu said: “All approvals by former President Jonathan did not mention that it was for political purposes. All the memos approved by him was for the purchase of arms.”
The bulk of the money disbursed from the $2.1 billion had been traced to financing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and promoting the bid of Jonathan to retain the presidency during the 2015 general election.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, confirmed he received N1.7 billion for publicity for the 2015 general election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, was also given N400 million out of the money, but he has vehemently denied it and has questioned the EFCC and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for his continued detention. Metuh has been with the EFCC since last week Tuesday.
Political parties that did not produce presidential candidates for the election were also given N100 million each to support Jonathan.