New revelations about the $2billion arms deal keep coming out and they are quite alarming.
Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), has revealed how $47million was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 11 suit cases and delivered to Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser.
According to him, he suspected the money might have been given to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Nation reports.
He said he had no hand in the transaction and has no idea how it was spent but only carried out instructions Dasuki.
Salisu stated: “I could remember on the 20/11/2014, I was directed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki to go to the CBN and collect the sum of $47m in cash and the balance in Euro and the directive was obeyed and the monies were delivered to the NSA in about 11 suit cases.
“I acknowledged the receipt of the money from the CBN which was handed over to M.S. Dasuki.
“I did not benefit even one cent. The request for the funds was tag(sic) Special Services signed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki, addressed to the Governor of CBN.
“I did not know the source of the money into our CBN Account. The foreign currencies that I collected from the CBN were delivered to the NSA in his house, No. 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro.”
These revelations were made by Salisu in a statement of witness/accused he wrote under oath in the presence of investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A.U Mustapha, the counsel to Salisu had filed an application for the enforcement of his clients fundamental human rights Mustapha had sought for a declaration that the arrest and continuous detention of Salaisu by the EFCC from November 20, 2015 constitutes a gross violation of the applicant’s rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement respectively guaranteed under sections 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.
Justice Ishaq Bello yesterday ordered that Salisu be either arraigned in a competent court of law if there is any basis for so doing or be released on administrative bail on terms to be settled by the applicant.
So far, over 20 people have been arrested by law enforcement agents in relation to the arms purchase scandal.
Salisu was arrested for allegedly playing active roles in the disappearance of $2 billion meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the country’s armed forces in the fight against insurgency.
Dasuki had initially claimed he stole no funds, adding that the former president Goodluck Jonathan approved all his expenses related to arms deals.