Dasukigate: Metuh, Wife Bought N500m Property In Banana Island– Witness

A prosecution witness, Junaid Sai’d, on Tuesday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, bought N500m property in Lagos.

Mr. Sa’id said the money was allegedly transferred to Daniel Ford International Limited in two tranches of N200m and N300m for the purpose of buying a landed property at Banana Island, Lagos.

Mr. Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving N400million from a former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, who is facing trial for his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal.

Mr. Sa’id, a member of the team that investigated the case, gave a blow-by-blow account of the activities carried out since the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) petitioned the commission, which include the following:  a correspondence with Diamond Bank Plc to obtain the mandate and statement of accounts for Destra Investment Ltd; correspondences with other banks to obtain mandates and statements of accounts of individuals and companies relevant to the case as well as letters to ONSA and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 According to him, responses from the CBN and ONSA confirmed that the former was given the mandate to pay N400m to Destra Investment Limited for the purpose of security services.

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Ex-NAF Chief, Amosu, Turns Down EFCC’s Offer To Return Funds

There were indications on Tuesday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s interrogation of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), had reached a dead end.

 

 

It was learnt that the commission had asked Amosu and others, who are still being detained over the $2.1bn arms deal, to refund some money or contract sums traced to them.

 

 

It was gathered that the EFCC’s operatives met a brick wall when the former NAF chief refused to make any commitment to return any money or contract sums, which had been allegedly traced to him.

 

The former Chief of Air Staff was being interrogated in connection with 10 contracts awarded by the Nigeria Air Force between 2014 and 2015, totalling $930.5m.

 

As part of moves to recover the funds, the commission was making the signing of an undertaking to refund money as a precondition for granting the suspects administrative bail.

 

 

A source, who did not state the amount the former chief of air staff had been asked to pay, said, “As part of efforts to recover funds looted from the NSA office, suspects are being asked to write an undertaking that they will return the money before granting them administrative bail.

 

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$2.1bn Scam: Dasuki Asks Court To Discharge Him

The immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has filed a fresh application asking a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama to discharge him for the alleged crime of diversion of funds said to be meant for the procurement of arms.

 

 

The ex-NSA, through his lawyer, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), filed the application dated January 11, 2016, before Justice Peter Affen, urging the court to bar the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from prosecuting him.

 

 

The ex-NSA contended that the EFCC which is prosecuting him and other co-accused persons in the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria could not continue to prosecute him after a “brazen disobedience” of orders of the court granting him bail on December 21, 2015.

 

 

He filed the application before Justice Affen with respect to the 22 counts of fraud filed against him and others including a former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda.

 

 

Others charged along with them are a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir, and a firm, Dalhatu Investment.

 

 

Dasuki had filed a similar application before Justice Baba Yusuf of the same Maitama Division of the FCT High Court to the 19 counts of diversion of N32bn arms fund, instituted against him, Salisu and a former Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa.

 

 

Aminu-Kausa’s two firms – Acacia Holdings Ltd. and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited – are also part of the accused named as defendants.

 

 

Dasuki in his separate applications before the two judges contended that his continued detention in the custody of the Department of State Services amounted to a “brazen” violation of orders of Justice Yusuf granting bail to him on December 18, 2015 and the orders by Justice Affen, also granting bail to him on December 21, 2015.

 

 

He urged the court to stop the EFCC from prosecuting him until the orders of the courts were complied with.

 

 

He also sought as alternative prayers, an order of the court to stay proceedings in the case.

 

 

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$2.1bn Arms Deal: Falana Drags Dasuki, Others Before ICC

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana, has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the allegation of diversion of the $2.1bn arms funds by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and some military and public officials.

 

 

Falana also called on the ICC to bring to justice those who diverted the funds meant for the empowerment of the country’s security forces.

 

 

In a petition dated January 19, 2016, and sent to the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, Falana asked the ICC to invite the Federal Government to provide written or oral testimonies at the seat of the court on the stolen funds.

He alleged that the sum of $322m and £5.5m from the money stolen and stashed abroad by the late Gen. Sani Abacha, allegedly transferred to Dasuki by a former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to prosecute the war on terror, had been illegally diverted.

 

 

He said it was unfortunate that part of the stolen funds was used to fund the re-election campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.

 

 

Falana maintained that those who engaged in the criminal diversion of the security funds should be held liable for the death of about 25,000 people, who were killed by the Boko Haram sect and the over 2,000,000 people, who were displaced by the terrorists.

 

 

According to him, the Federal Government needs to fulfil its obligations by cooperating with the ICC to arrest suspected perpetrators of the stolen funds and provide other support to the ICC.

 

 

The human rights activist stressed that sufficient evidences gathered so far were sufficient to hold Dasuki and others that were being prosecuted for the scandal responsible for crimes against humanity.

 

 

The petition partly reads, “On account of the deliberate refusal of the former military authorities to equip and motivate the members of the armed forces involved in combat operations, the insurgents have killed about 25,000 soldiers and civilians including children and displaced over 2,000,000 people.

 

 

“The ICC needs to urgently commence an investigation proprio motu on the allegations of the criminal diversion of the security funds of $2.1bn and N643bn earmarked by suspected perpetrators, with a view to determining whether these amount to crimes against humanity within the Court’s jurisdiction.”

 

 

 

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#Dasukigate: Kalu, The Sun Return N9m

As Nigeria’s anticorruption war gathers momentum, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it wanted to interrogate some beneficiaries of the N120m compensation paid to some newspaper outfits even as the Sun Newspaper recently announced that they have returned the N9million it received from the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), which was given to them from the office of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Managing Director/Editor- in- Chief of The Sun, Mr. Eric Osagie, in a statement said it took the decision to return the money following the controversies it has generated and also as a means to come.

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Court Adjourns Dasuki’s Trial Till Friday

Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday adjourned the trial of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), with respect to the charges of alleged diversion of about N32bn, part of fund meant for procurement of arms, till Friday.

 

 

The adjournment was at the instance of the defence lawyers, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) and Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), who had written to the court that they would be in Kogi State for an election petition case today (Thursday).

 

 

Prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), and other defence counsel in the case did not oppose the request by Dasuki’s lawyer.

The judge then fixed the trial for 11am on Friday.

 

 

Earlier, the judge had to stand down the matter ?for about one hour, to await the arrival of the Dasuki, who was being conveyed to the court by operatives of the Department of State Service.

 

 

Justice Yusuf subsequently stood the case down till 11am.

 

 

Dasuki was initially absent from court when the case was called earlier in the proceedings.

 

 

?But his other co-accused, a former Director of Finanance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, and a former Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Baba-Kusa, were present.

 

 

Baba-Kusa’s two companies, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited, are also part of the accused.

 

 

Justice Baba Yusuf had on December 18 gratned bail to Dasuki and the rest of his co-accused bail in the sum of N250m with one surety in relation to 19 counts of misappropriation of about N32bn meant for purchase of arms.

 

 

On December 21, Justice Peter Affen granted bail to Dasuki and his co-defendants with respect to another sent 22 counts of misappropriation of ?about N13bn, which was part of the arms fund, in the sum of N250m with two sureties in like sum.

 

 

But upon being released from prison after meeting the bail conditions, he was reportedly re-arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services.

 

 

 

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Court Orders FG To Produce Dasuki In Court Feb 16

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the Federal Government to produce the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), in court on February 16.

 
The judge made the order with respect to the charges of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms preferred against Dasuki by the Federal Government.

 
The four counts preferred against the former NSA before Justice Ademola are unrelated to the two separate sets of charges ?bordering on alleged diversion of arms funds pending against Dasuki and others before two judges of the Federal Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.
Dasuki was re-arrested earlier this month by the operatives of the Department of State Service shortly after he was released from Kuje Prison upon fulfilling the conditions of bail earlier granted him in December 2015 by Justice Yusuf Baba of the FCT High Court in Maitama.

 
On Wednesday, Justice Ademola made the order for the production of the accused person in court after both the prosecution and the defence? lawyers withdrew various interlocutory applications they had earlier filed.

 
The judge adjourned the matter till February 16 for commencement of trial, restating his order that the accused must be produced in court.
He also said that he would deliver his pending ruling on the prosecution’s application for witness protection ?before proceeding to trial on February 16.

 
He fixed additional trial date for February 17.

 

 

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Armsgate: Return The Money You Collected Or Face Trial – EFCC To Falae, Dokpesi, Odili, Bafarawa, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has warned all those involved in the alleged sharing of the $2.1bn cash meant for the procurement of arms for the military fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East to return their part of the loot or be ready to face trial.

 

 

The EFCC decided on refund of cash after retrieving some of the memoranda which the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), wrote to then President Goodluck Jonathan requesting for funds, The Nation reports.

 

 

Some of the beneficiaries of the cash include former governors Peter Odili (N100m); Rashidi Ladoja(N100m), Attahiru Bafarawa(N100m), Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m), and Jim Nwobodo(N500m), Chief Tony Anenih(N260m); ex-PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Ali(N100m); Chief Bode George (N100m/ $30,000), Yerima Abdullahi (N100m); Chief Olu Falae (N100m); Tanko Yakassai (N63m); Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki(N200m);

 
Others include, Raymond Dokpesi, Iyorchia Ayu’s company(N345m); BAM Properties (N300m); Dalhatu Investment Limited(N1.5bn); ex-PDP National Chairman Mohammed Bello Haliru, Abba Mohammed, Sagir Attahiru, serving and former members of the House of Representatives(over N600 million); former Chairman of the House of Representatives on Security and Intelligence, Bello Matawalle (N300m); ACACIA Holdings (N600m); Bashir Yuguda (N1,950,000) and many companies.

 

 

Speaking with the newspaper, a source from the EFCC explained that based on the vetting, the commission is insisting that all those implicated so far must refund the “illegal disbursement” of cash or face trial.

 

 

The source said, “We have conducted a thorough investigation and we have retrieved some of the memos sent to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan by the former National Security Adviser; none of them indicated that the cash should be for political purposes.

 

 

“There was never a memo for cash advance for political matters like campaign or election.

 
“We have also traced some of these funds directly to the accounts of these bigwigs or their proxy companies.

 

 

“Having gone far, we are asking them to return these funds or else, we will go after them any moment from now. I think they should respect themselves and make urgent refund.

 

 

“In the alternative, we will arrest them and arraign them in court to defend such strange allocations.

 

 

“We will retrieve every kobo given out from ONSA. It is insufficient to say somebody gave me this money. Once we trace undeserved public funds into your account or phony and proxy companies, we will ask for refund.”

 

 

On reports that former Military Administrator of Kaduna State and a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa(rtd) refunded some amount of money, the source added: “He admitted collecting money from ONSA and he has refunded 60 per cent of the sum credited to him. I think it should be about N100 million.

 

 

“Isa is the only person who has so far refunded money among the political figures who collected funds from ONSA. We have granted him bail to allow him time to source for the balance.”

 

 

Throwing more light on the continued detention of the PDP spokesman, Metuh, the source said: “So far, Metuh has admitted the transfer of N400 million by ONSA into a company in which he has substantial interest.

 

 

“It is left to him to justify why he deserved such benefit from arms cash. We are still questioning him on other remittances into the company’s account. We are also demanding how he will refund the cash.

 

 

“Contrary to the noise outside, we did our homework very well. Anybody we bring to the EFCC this time around, we used to make sure that we have established a case against him.

 

 

“So, we don’t invite or arrest on frivolous basis. We do thorough investigation this time around.”

 

 

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged its members involved in sharing the slush funds from the Office of the former National Security Adviser to return what they collected, stressing that it did not ask any of its members to collect money on its behalf during the last general elections.

 

 

This was disclosed by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Jalo, in Abuja

 

According to Jalo, no one has claimed that the money received from from the embattled former National Security Adviser was on behalf of the party.

 

He said, “When people say that this party benefited from the money meant for arms, I laugh. This is because we didn’t as a party get a dime from the former NSA.

 

 

“The party therefore has nothing to do with anyone who has collected money from the former NSA. Anyone, who has collected money from him, should return it. They are on their own.

 

“They will face trial without the party’s coming to their rescue. PDP is a clean party that has not taken money meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition or from the Federal Government.

 

 

“All those who collected money from Dasuki used their personal companies to do so. We didn’t send them.”

 

 

The PDP deputy spokesman dared the government to further investigate the matter and come out with findings showing that the party used public funds to finance its operations.

 

 

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Olu Falae: The N100m I Got Was For SDP To Support Goodluck Jonathan

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae has stated that he collected N100 million from the ex-Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih.

 

 

Chief Olu Falae stated that the money was purely an inter-party affair between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, which he is the National Chairman. He further stressed that the money was given to the SDP to campaign for the PDP in the 2015 presidential election, that both parties prior to the 2015 general elections entered into working agreement.

 

 

“In the build up to the presidential election, the PDP approached the SDP which I chaired. The then ruling party solicited for our support in order for President Goodluck Jonathan to win the March 28 presidential election”.

 

 

“Anenih related with me as the chairman of the PDP BoT and I did same as the SDP National Chairman. He wrote to me as PDP BoT chairman and I wrote back as SDP National Chairman stating conditions/terms for the alliance”.

 

 

“It is true that N100 million was given to my party to endorse and work for the Jonathan’s candidature in the 2015 election. We used the money for that purpose and we effectively campaigned for the PDP since we did not have presidential candidate in the election. The money was not for me”.

 

 

“Thank God I’m a retired civil servant. I have all the documents to prove all that transpired between the two parties.”

 

 

“With all the money PDP has and having spent 16 years in power, how would I know that the money was from the arms deal? No reference was made to the arms deal. So, they should not bring me into the arms issue. The relationship was purely interparty affairs.”

 

 

Tony Anenih, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu had mentioned thatOlu Falae and some former governors were given N100 million each in the build up to the 2015 presidential election.

 

 

The letter also stated that Tony Anenih gave another group from Katsina State N35 million, while second republic Presidential Adviser on National Assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, got N63 million. Tony Anenih had stated that the money was transferred to him on the instruction of former President, Goodluck Jonathan for specific assignments.

 

 

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Arms Scandal: EFCC Arrests APC Chieftain, Jafaru Isa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday night, arrested a former military Governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Brig-Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa (reted).

 
Isa is the first chieftain of the APC arrested by the EFCC since the beginning of the sweeping probe into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.

 
The erstwhile Military Administrator of Kaduna State from December 1993 to August 1996, during the military regime of General Sani Abacha and one-time governorship candidate of the defunct CPC in Kano State, is a close friend of the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (reted).

 
Isa was arrested at his Abuja residence located at Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro.

 
Isa’s house was said to have been invaded by operatives of the EFCC around 9pm, and then whisked him away a few minutes later.

 
The retired brigadier general, was invited last week to appear before the commission on yesterday to clear the air on “some questionable receipts” from the former NSA.

 
Investigators believe the retired soldier received over N100million from Mr. Dasuki.

 
It was gathered that rather than honoring the invitation, sources said, Gen. Isa wrote a letter to the EFCC through his lawyer, seeking a postponement of his appearance date on the grounds of death of a relative.

 
Apparently dissatisfied with his excuse, the EFCC however arrested him to clarify the “questionable receipts”.

 
Details later…

 

 

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Court Orders Bello Haliru To Be Placed Under IGP’s Supervision, Son Remanded In Kuje Prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP National Chairman, Haliru Bello Mohammed be placed under the watch of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, while his son, Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail.

 

Bello, who arrived the court for his arraignment on wheelchair, alongside his son and their company, Bam Properties is standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on bordering on money laundering and diversion of funds.

 

Both Bello and his son were alleged to have collected N300million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

 
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

The prosecution counsel in the course of the trial prayed the court to remand Mohammed and his son in prison pending when a date for trial is set but it was opposed by the defence counsel, who asked that the accused be granted bail.

 

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in his ruling ordered that Abba be remanded in Kuje prison pending the perfection of his bail while his father should continue to be in admission at Abuja Clinics in whose ambulance he was brought to court but under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police.

 

 

 

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We Will Jail Arms Fund Thieves – PMB

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to ensure that all those involved in the arms procurement graft are duly prosecuted and jailed according to the laws of the jail.

 

Speaking with the BBC Hausa Service, President Buhari said it is one of the ways he intends to fund the 2016 budget, which is the biggest in the nation’s history and anchored on non-oil revenue.

 

“That is why those who stole monies meant for arms procurement and shared it among themselves are being arrested and are being shown documents so that they would be asked to refund the money or face prosecution; we would use those documents to prove what they stole, collect all the assets acquired from the proceeds and then jail them,” he stated.

 

He explained that the Customs, Ports and direct taxes on goods and services can fund the N6.08trn budget besides his determination to block leakages in how oil revenue is managed.

 

“We have also shown the changes we have made in the Customs; for instance, how much we are making from the Customs service; how much from petroleum, that is NNPC; how much we are making from the ports. There have been lots of leakages in these sectors. If we block these leakages, we would make much more money to run the country despite the fall in the price of oil.”

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the weekend predicted that crude oil prices may slump to as low as $20 per barrel in 2016.

 

According to report by the IMF Executive Board, the price of crude oil could drop to between $5 and $15 in 2016.

 

But while presenting the 2016 budget to the National Assembly, Buhari had said that “oil-related revenues are expected to contribute N820 billion while non-oil revenue, comprising Company Income Tax (CIT), Value Added Tax (VAT), Customs and Excise duties, and Federation Account levies will contribute N1.45 trillion.

 

“Finally, by enforcing strict compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and public expenditure reforms in all MDAs, we have projected up to N1.51 trillion from independent revenues.”

 

The budget, the presidency said, is also relying heavily on the recovery of looted public funds and savings from the newly introduced Efficiency Units in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by the new minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

 

Buhari told BBC he was optimistic about the “Budget of Change” submitted to the National Assembly, which is the nation’s biggest budget estimate in history and at a time the price of oil had drastically gone down in world market, saying it was at the country needed now.

 

“As a government, we inherited N1.5 trillion domestic debts, and when foreign debt is added, we have about N2.2 trillion. Everybody knows Nigeria is not a poor country. We are rich, and we have human resources; the problem had been that leadership did not take curbing corrupt tendencies seriously,” he said.

 

The minister noted that blocking the leakages will be achieved because the leaders of these agencies had been bought into his administration’s change mantra.

 

“It is generally believed that a fish begins to rot from the head; once the head is rotten, the whole body is also rotten. We have tried to remove all the heads of the organisations, and most of the lieutenants have been changed,” he said.

 

“A lot is happening in this government that people do not appear to understand: many permanent secretaries of ministries have been changed; we used to have 42 ministers, now we have 36 because the constitution requires that each state of the federation must have a minister; we used to have 42 ministries, now we have 24.”

 

President Buhari further explained that his government allocated 30 per cent of the budget to capital projects because during the campaigns, he promised Nigerians he would tackle three major issues to pull the economy out of the doldrums: unemployment, security and corruption.

 

“Remember the campaigns, we said Nigeria is facing three major things and nobody disputed that assertion. Firstly, there was widespread insecurity – war in the north east while the country’s oil was being stolen at random in the south.

 

“Secondly; there was massive unemployment – 62 per cent of the nation’s population are youths from the age of 35 years downward, most of them are unemployed, including those who went to school and those who did not; that is a serious problem. Therefore, it has become necessary to restore peace and create employment. That is why we are returning to agriculture and mineral resources.

 

“Thirdly, bribery and corruption was basically suffocating the country. If we don’t kill these monsters, this country would go down.”

 

He stated that the programme initiated to assist the poor and vulnerable Nigerians by paying them N5,000 monthly would commence as soon as the budget is passed. He, however, added a caveat.

 

“It is not possible for everyone needing it to get it, but the federal government has said it would collaborate with the states and local governments. At the local government level, almost everyone knows each other.

 

“It would be easy to identify those to give who would go into trading, and how to get it back. It would be like a cooperative and we all know how it operates. Also, state governments would identify those who have capacity to employ more people and all we need to do is to empower them. Our people already know how to go about implementing these modalities to create employment for the citizens,” he said.

 

On the promise that he would end Boko Haram insurgency by December, the President said the war had raged on because of the corruption inherent in the prosecution of the fight since 2009.

 

“I want people to understand that after I settled down and got good grasp of what the country was going through, we removed all the service chiefs and appointed new ones. We also undertook an investigation and found out how the monies meant for arms procurement were diverted and shared by officials in the last administration. They sent the boys to the warfront without arms and ammunition, leading some of them to mutiny after which they were arrested and detained.”

 

Buhari said that, by his own assessment, the military had largely achieved the December target to end the war.

 

“We have been able to raise money and fund the war. Go and ask the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa how many of their local governments were under the control of insurgents and how many are currently still under the insurgents.

 

“Maybe we would not win the war completely by the end of the month, but the insurgents have now resorted to putting on explosive vests on young children, mostly girls aged 15 and below and then sending them to markets, mosques and churches to detonate. Boko Haram themselves know that the era of them taking over communities and local governments are over.

 

“If people would be fair to us, they would know that the Nigerian Army has basically met the deadline and are winning the war. You cannot find any significant number of Boko Haram members in Adamawa, and Yobe; only may be in about three local governments of Borno, in the area around our borders with Chad Republic. They are not in a position to threaten Nigeria now.

 

 

 

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Arms Scandal: EFCC To Question Bode George, PDP Chiefs

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is concluding arrangements to invite some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party for questioning, a top source at the commission has said.

 

The plan is part of the ongoing investigations into the arms procurement scam and the party’s 2015 presidential campaign fund.

 

According to a report by Punch Newspaper,  the commission had compiled a list of the PDP chieftains to be invited while the anti-graft agency was awaiting directives to summon them.
The source added that the party’s chiefs might appear before the commission this week.

 

The top source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that it was the operational procedure of the EFCC to invite all those whose names were mentioned in the process of the investigation.

 

He explained that those whose names were mentioned, such as the former Board of Trustees Chairman of the party, Chief Tony Anenih; a former Deputy National Chairman, Chief Bode George, and others, who were alleged to have received part of the funds meant for arms procurement, would be questioned.

 

The source stated that inviting those mentioned did not necessarily mean an indictment but part of the process of investigation designed to unearth the truth.

 

He added, “You see, this is an investigation. In a situation like this, the commission has a thin chance of not inviting those whose names have been thrown up.

“They have to be invited to make clarifications; it does not necessarily mean that they have been indicted but it is only a standard procedure for them to appear to make clarifications where necessary.

“I think by now, Anenih, Bode George and all those who were mentioned during the investigation should have been invited but the commission has not been given the directive to pick them up.

“They know what they are doing. Anytime from now, possibly this week, they will be invited.”

 

The EFCC arraigned functionaries of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, who had been mentioned as having a connection with the $2.2bn funds, said to have been meant to purchase arms to fight the Boko Haram terrorists during the past administration.

 

These include Dasuki, a former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda; and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa.

 

Others arraigned are Bafarawa’s son, Sagir; and the founding chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

 

Yuguda was on November 14 reported to have said he gave N600m to six chairmen of the contact and mobilisation committees of the PDP in the 2015 elections.

 

He was reported to have listed George (South-West); Yerima Abdulahi (North-East); Peter Odili (South-South); Senator Jim Nwobodo (South-East), and Attahiru Bafarawa (North-West) as beneficiaries of the fund disbursement.

 

Nwobodo, a former governor of the old Anambra State, has said he received an equivalent of N100m (in dollars) from ex-National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mua’azu, and not from Yuguda.

 

On his part, George, in a statement on December 14, denied collecting N100m from Yuguda.

 

He said the former minister gave the PDP Contact and Mobilisation committee $30,000.

 

Meanwhile, the EFCC is still detaining the Managing Director of Stallion Group, Harprrie Singh, over an alleged N1.75bn gift to Yuguda.

 

Investigations revealed that the commission was still holding the Stallion Group MD as of the close of work on Friday.

 

It was gathered that the commission would invite heads of more conglomerates this week in connection with the arms probe scam.

 

A top operative of the commission confided in our correspondent on Sunday that the commission had not released the Stallion MD because investigation into the controversial gift was still ongoing.

 

The source said, “The man has not been released. He was still with the commission during the close of work on Friday. It would be very unlikely for them to release him at the weekend, especially when the investigation has not been concluded.”

 

The EFCC on Thursday arrested Singh for a N1.3bn gift to Yuguda. The money was said to have been given to the former minister through Dasuki.

 

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