Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the former Rivers state governor Peter Odili have been named among beneficiaries of about N100 million each from the embattled former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki.
According to Sahara Reporters, a source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed that the largess to the two PDP officials was diverted from funds meant for the purchase of arms in order to better equip the Nigerian military in its campaign against Islamist terror group, Boko Haram.
Dasuki, who had made telling revelations in an earlier report following his arrest and interrogation by the EFCC, initially claimed he stole no funds, adding that the former president Goodluck Jonathan approved all his expenses related to arms deals.
The confessions, however, began after he was shown the statement written by his former director of finance, Shuaibu Salisu, in which all those involved in the scam had been revealed to the investigators.
So far, twenty-one people have been arrested by law enforcement agents in relation to the arms purchase scandal.
An EFCC investigator revealed that some of the detained suspects were now providing useful information after almost all of them initially exhibited resistance.
It was also gathered that Odili and George "may soon be invited to explain why they received N100 million each from funds budgeted for arms purchase."
Shuaibu Salisu (who was recently arrested), Abba MT Usman, Sagir Attahiru, Evgeny Kundaev, Aminu Baba Kusa, Salisu Usman Garu, Bashir Yuguda, Attahiru Bafarawa were still in detention as of yesterday evening, while Chief Raymond Dokpesi was released last night after meeting bail conditions.