The ongoing probe into Nigeria’s $2.1 billion arms purchase fraud has taken a turn for the worse. It is being reported that one of the men indicted in this case, former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa allegedly admitted he received N4.6 billion from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki for what has been referred to as, “spiritual purposes”.
According to Vanguard, an aide of the former governor who served under him as a Special Adviser on Youth and Students Matters, Alhaji Akibu Dalhatu told our correspondent yesterday that his boss has no such financial dealing with the former NSA nor did he collect any money from him for any purpose.
Dalhatu who had visited the former governor at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters, added that his boss was never arrested at home or anywhere else as has been alleged. He said Mr Bafarawa merely honored an invitation extended to him by the anti-graft agency
Others reported to have been indicted in this scandal and currently in detention include, Bashir Yuguda, Shuaibu Salisu, Abba MT Usman, Sagir Attahiru, Evegny Kundaev, Aminu Baba Kusa, Salisu Usman Garu. AIT Founder, Raymond Dokpesi, was also said to have been arrested but released after meeting bail conditions. The former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili has also been linked to the scandal for collecting N100 million from Dasuki. Another person reported to have been indicted is Chief Bode George.
The N200 million allegedly received by the two PDP chieftains was said to have been meant to secure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last general elections which he lost to General Muhammadu Buhari.
Dasuki Sambo and Attahiru Bafarawa