More revelations into how $2.2bn meant for the procurement of arms for the military were diverted to politicians by former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki,
during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan continues, with the latest coming from the former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu, who said $47m was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and delivered to Dasuki in 11 suit cases at his Asokoro residence in Abuja.
Salisu also claimed that the cash might have been given to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adding that he was innocent of the crime. The former Director stressed that as a civil servant, he only worked in line with Dasuki directive.
The Chief Judge of Abuja, Justice Ishaq Bello, had on Thursday ordered that the former director be either arraigned in a competent court of law or be released on administrative bail on terms to be settled by the applicant.
Anti-graft agencies investigating the disappearance of $2.2bn funds meant for arms also discovered in the course of its investigation that the sum of N10bn was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and used for the execution of the gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections earlier in the year.
The N10bn withdrawn was also said to have been approved by the immediate past Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The former director made this revelation in a Statement of Witness/Accused he wrote under oath in the presence of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC.
Salisu, said: “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 think the monies were meant for PDP. After delivery, I left, I did not see or know when the money was distributed.
“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.”
Credit: daily post.
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