EFCC says Dasuki claimed to have spent N2.2bn on prayers against B/Haram

EFCC says Dasuki claimed to have spent N2.2bn on prayers against B/Haram

- A former NSA, Sambo Dasuki has appeared in court over the alleged misappropriation of N2.2bn

- The EFCC alleged that Dasuki misappropriated the money along with other accused persons

- The former NSA officer was said to have used a special account in transferring the diverted funds to the other suspects

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a court that Sambo Dasuki, a former national security adviser (NSA), claimed to have spent the sum of N2.2bn on prayers against insurgency in the country.

EFCC says Dasuki claimed to have spent N2.2bn on prayers against B/Haram

Sambo Dasuki (R), speaks with his lawyer in court. Photo by Stringer
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Adariko Michael, an investigating officer of the agency accused Aminu Baba-Kusa, a former general manager of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of involvement in spending the money.

Dasuki and Baba-Kusa are facing a 32 counts charge over the alleged diversion of over $2 billion meant for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the north-east, The Cable reported.

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The EFCC told the Abuja Federal High Court, on Tuesday, November 10, that the funds were at different times sent through a special account of the NSA to Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

The anti-graft commission stated that its investigation showed that the money was transferred to several individuals and companies.

The EFCC said:

“When we went through the account statement, we asked the second defendant (Aminu Baba-Kusa) the reason for this. He informed us that the money was used to hire clerics to pray for the nation as regards the Boko Haram crisis.
“When we asked him to provide the names, contacts, and phone numbers of the clerics he hired to pray for the nation, he mentioned only two.”

After the hearing, the trial judge, Justice Baba-Yusuf adjourned the matter until November 11 for further mention.

In another news, a former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam and his ex-commissioner of finance in the state, Omadachi Okolobia, were on Monday, November 2, arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja by the EFCC.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ex-governor and his commissioner were re-arraigned on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Suswam, who currently represents Benue North-East senatorial district, is the first defendant while Okolobia is the second defendant in the suit.

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