Widget powered by WhatstheScore.com

Author Topic: Former head of state security Dasuki arrested in Abuja on ?1.8bn arms fraud  (Read 118 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline admin

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1159
    • View Profile

Nigerian authorities have arrested a former state security adviser accused of stealing funds intended for the fight against Boko Haram terrorists. Sambo Dasuki was accused by President Muhammadu Buhari of awarding contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets and munitions worth $2.9bn (?1.8bn) that, in reality, were never purchased. He denied the allegations.

Dasuki, who worked as security state adviser for former leader Gooluck Jonathan, was apprehended by operatives of the state security service (DSS) in his house in the federal capital of Abuja.

Buhari ordered his arrest in November following a preliminary investigation on the procurement of arms during the previous administration. Former Sokoto Governor Attahiru Bafarawa and founder of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi, were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in connection with the same alleged arms fraud.

Dasuki denied any wrongdoing and said during an interview with PR Nigeria that he was proud the army had managed to push Boko Haram terrorists out of its self-appointed Islamic caliphate in north-eastern Nigeria while he was still in control of the offensive.

He had already been placed under house in connection to other charges of money-laundering, involving more than $423,000 and illegal possession of weapons seized at two of his houses. Last year, the former security adviser was called before a senate committee to explain why South Africa had blocked a $5.7m (?3.7m) bank transfer and seized $9.3m (?6.1m) in cash, arguing the funds involved illegal arms transactions, a claim Dasuki rejected.

Dasuki's arrest came as Buhari launched an anti-corruption campaign to tackle fraudulent activities and recover funds he alleged were stolen during previous administration.


Liberian woman found hanging on a tree in Nigeria Lagos state surburb

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 273
Last post September 13, 2014, 11:26:51 AM
by mastercode
Boko Haram overtakes Islamic State as world's deadliest terror group

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 314
Last post November 17, 2015, 12:16:25 PM
by mastercode
Lagos State ranked world’s 3rd worst city to live in - Economist Intelligence

Started by admin

Replies: 0
Views: 496
Last post August 19, 2016, 07:35:50 AM
by admin
Boko Haram members changed name to 'Islamic State of West Africa

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 278
Last post April 24, 2015, 07:46:52 PM
by internet police
Ekiti state Gov Fayose dragged to court for embarking on strike with workers

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 169
Last post June 16, 2016, 01:18:14 PM
by yungcrux