The Federal Government of Nigeria will on Monday arraign those involved in the misappropriation of $2.1 bn fund meant for the procurement of arms in court, which include the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki, rtd, Ex-Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, one time Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu and five others.
Nigeria News gathered that their trial slated to commence on Monday is meant to determine the suspect’s level of involvement in the illicit arm deal in the office of the NSA.
The other five involved in the matter 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 illicit arms scandal are, N13.570 billion “agreement” between Dasuki and the ex-Director of Finance; transfer of N1.45 billion to Acacia Holdings Limited’s account for special prayers; N2.1 billion given to DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited for publicity, N170 million for a four-bedroom duplex; N380 million to support re-election of members of the Nigeria House of Representatives; and N750 million paid into Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account for special prayers
The report says N670 million was paid to a publisher; N260 million transferred to Tony Anenih and N345 million traced to a former President of the Senate, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.
The newspaper quoted a source from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC saying the Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President ,Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa, has been on the run since the saga started.
However, all the suspects have been divided into two groups for trial before Justice H.Y. Baba and Justice Peter.O. Baffin of the Abuja High Court Nigeria.
Some of the suspects who are to be arraigned on a 19-count charge on Monday are, Dasuki, his ex-Director of Finance, Shaibu Salisu, Aminu Baba Kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.
In the second group are Yuguda and Bafarawa.
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 the sum of N10 billion being part of the funds in the account of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria 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.”