A serving colonel in the Nigerian army has been apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his alleged involvement in the Dasukigate saga.
The colonel who was arrested on Monday, December 28, reportedly partook in the sharing of money from the office of the national security adviser under Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
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Vanguard reports that the arrest saw the anti graft agency deploying over two truckloads of armed security personnel, who cordoned off the the residence of the colonel in the Apo district of the federal capital territory.
The operatives had to bring down the fence to gain entrance into the sprawling complex.
It was gathered that the colonel (name withheld) served as a special assistant to the former NSA in charge of liaison with the Nigerian army.
Reports have it that upon arrival at the complex, the army officer locked himself in one of the buildings while the EFCC operatives laid siege until about 10pm when he was moved to the EFCC headquarters for interrogation.
Although the serving army officer had earlier been arrested by the EFCC and questioned, it appeared he was released on bail before he was picked up again and detained by the anti graft agency.
The EFCC went back to the house to effect a search on the property, the officer resisted and barricaded the gate, forcing the operatives to bring it down before taking him away.
On Wednesday, December 30, the officer was again taken to his house where a search was reportedly conducted.
Sources say that when the officer was asked to open one of the safes in his house, he refused to oblige, forcing the operatives to force it open before taking away some vital documents.
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A senior official of the commission who confirmed the arrest of the army colonel, said the arrest was in connection with the on-going investigation into arms deal by the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
“Yes, we have in our custody a serving army colonel who was a Special Assistant to the former NSA. His name featured in several deals and want to find out his role in the arms funds. He is still in our custody,” the source, who declined to be named, told newsmen.
Meanwhile, the wife of Sambo Dasuki, has called on the federal government to release her husband as his health is worsening.
Dasuki's wife pleaded with Nigerians, asking them to help the former NSA get a reprieve. She said the family is afraid that the embattled security adviser may die in DSS custody.