$2bn Arms Deal Saga: Sambo Dasuki, Others Indicted

$2bn Arms Deal Saga: Sambo Dasuki, Others Indicted

Many prominent Nigerians and leaders are being indicted for collecting huge sums of money from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Ibrahim Idris Wambai, the former accounts officer II has revealed that office of ex-vice president, Namadi Sambo was on a monthly stipend of N20million from the ONSA, led by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Today.ng reports.

$2bn Arms Deal Saga: Sambo Dasuki, Others Indicted
Doyin Okupe and Namadi Sambo

According to Wambai, some presidential aides, like Doyin Okupe also benefitted from slush funds from the ONSA, saying records of all cash payments to such individuals and organizations are still intact

This was disclosed in a statement of witness/accused person which was filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

The certified statement on oath is part of the proof of evidence for the trial of nine suspects next week.

Wambai said: “In December 2014, I took cash of N4million to Col. Madaki (rtd) in his residence in Wuse II Abuja. I had made many cash payments to Doyin Okupe, Ahmad Idris (PA to ex-NSA), ADC to former First Lady Patience Jonathan as payments for monthly operation allowances.

“The documents showing evidence of the payments are in the office of Yazidu Ibrahim in cash payment files. The exact amounts paid and date of payments I cannot remember but are available in the files.

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“The venue for the collection of the money was my office and the money was given to me from the cash in the strong room.

“So many cash payments were made on a monthly basis to the following beneficiaries: office of the former vice president, Arc. Namadi Sambo (N20,000,000). The money was being collected by former deputy chief of staff; ADC to former president (amount not known but in cash payment files; chief personal physician to former president Goodluck Jonathan; former coordinator on anti-terrorism, Gen. Sarkin Yaki; former director PC4, Gen. Terba Waya (rtd); personal assistant, domestic affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

“The amounts and frequency of payments to the beneficiaries as well as the list of other beneficiaries are in the cash payment files.

“I also witnessed several payments in cash to various people. Prominent was about payment of N300million to former Chairman on Security and Intelligence, Dr. Bello Matawalle from the cash in the strong room."

He singled out five firms which were allegedly used as platforms by some people to receive funds from the office.

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The amounts of the five companies are ACACIA Holdings Limited(N600,000,000) via account no. 1017330319 with UBA and N650million via account no. 0122012650 with ECOBANK Nigeria Limited; Reliance Referral Hospital Limited(N750m) via account no.2022394057 with First Bank Nigeria Plc; Jabbama Global Nigeria Limited(N400m) via account no. 1013898095 with Zenith Bank; Continental Development etc,” he said.

The charge sheet filed by EFCC shows that suspects benefited from the said funds between April 14, 2014 and May 7, 2015.

Wambai stated that details of the cash payments from January 2011 to July 2015 are kept in Yazidu Ibrahim’s former office.

Recently, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance in the ONSA revealed how $47million was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 11 suit cases and delivered to Sambo Dasuki.

So far, over 20 people have been arrested by law enforcement agents in relation to the arms purchase scandal.

Source: Legit.ng

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