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Dasukigate’s $2.1 billion arms deal suspects on parade

-as list grows longer

The list continues to get longer by the day as more mind boggling revelations are made, more people indicted and arrested in connection with the $2.1bn meant for the procurement of arms to tackle insurgent sect, Boko Haram under Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Ever since the illegal deal was revealed following an interim report of the presidential investigations committee inaugurated on August 31, 2015 on arms procurement under the Jonathan administration, no fewer than 25 arrests have been made both by the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The committee report showed an extra-budgetary spending to the tune of N643.8 billion and an additional spending of about $2.1 billion under the Goodluck Jonathan-led government.

The report indicated that a total sum of $2.1 billion was inexplicably disbursed into the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) for procurement of arms to fight insurgency, but was not spent for that purpose with several reports suggesting that part of the disbursed fund was diverted for the sponsoring of the re-election of then-president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Many high profile personalities – including former elected public office holders, political appointees, party chieftains and businessmen – have been fingered as beneficiaries of the scam with whooping sums reportedly exchanging hands…


Attahiru Bafarawa

Former Sokoto governor (N4.6bn)

Preliminary evidence showed that Bafarawa received N4.6 billion from the office of the NSA with no clear basis for the financial transaction. In response to the allegation, Bafarawa said he received the money from the Office of the NSA for spiritual purpose.


Nduka Obaigbena (N650m)

The owner of Arise TV and ThisDay publisher allegedly got N650m, which was debunked by the management in a statement on December 12, 2015.

In its response to an invitation letter from the EFCC, the management said all funds received from the Office of the NSA, “are payments for compensation to mitigate the dastardly Boko Haram twin bombings of the ThisDay Newspapers offices in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday April 26, 2012.”
Bashir Yuguda (N1.5bn)

Preliminary evidence showed that the Former Minister of State for Finance received N1.5 billion from the Office of the NSA with no coherent basis for the financial transaction. The money was transferred into his account through an unknown company for inexplicable purpose.
Saliu Atawodi (N600m)

The Air Vice Marshal, a former Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine, was accused of illegally diverting N600 million meant for the procurement of military boats for use in fighting insurgency.
Chief Olu Falae (N100m)

The former presidential and Afenifere leader admitted receiving the sum for election campaigns of his party (Social Democratic party, SDP), adding that the money was received based on certain conditions and were transmitted to his party as soon as he got it.
Chief Bode George (N100m)

PDP chieftain, Bode George, was implicated in the arms deal mess to having collected N100 million from former minister of state for finance, Bashir Yuguda.

He denied the allegation, however, stating that he only collected $30,000 (N5.9m) from Yuguda for logistics.
Raymond Dokpesi (N2.1bn)

The media entrepreneur was nabbed at his Abuja residence on December 1, 2015, by the EFCC in connection with the arms mess having been indicted by Col. Dasuki.

Preliminary evidence showed that Dokpesi received N2.1 billion between October 2014 and March 2015 from the Office of the NSA with no coherent reasons for the financial transaction.

In his defence, he said the money received from the Office of the NSA was payment for media and political campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.


Peter Odili (N100m)

A source at the EFCC revealed that the former Rivers governor was fingered by Dasuki as being a beneficiary of the largesse. He was said to have received N100m to ensure Jonathan was re-elected into office.
Chief Tony Anenih (N260m)

The former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) is alleged to have received N260m from the Office of the NSA.

The EFCC alleged that the sum of N260m found in the PDP leader’s account, was from the $2.1bn arms funds.


Rashidi Ladoja (N100m)

The former Oyo governor was fingered to have got N100m from Chief Tony Anenih; a claim that has since been confirmed by his Accord Party.


Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m)

Elder-statesman and Special Adviser to former president Shehu Shagari who openly supported former president Jonathan, was said to have got N100m.


Jim Nwobodo (N100m)

The former Anambra governor, who was the Chairman of the Contact Committee of the PDP Presidential Campaign for the Southeast denied the N500m figures making the rounds.

He said the only fund received by the committee for its work was N100million from PDP’s National Chairman, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu for “campaign logistics”.
Others, including companies are

-Ahmadu Ali (N100m)

-Yerima Abdullahi (N100m)

-Alhaji Tanko Yakassai (N63m)

-Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki (N200m)

-Former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu (N345m)

-Ex-PDP National Chairman Mohammed Bello Haliru and his son, Abba Mohammed (N300m)

-Former Chairman of the House of Representatives on Security and Intelligence, Bello Matawalle (N300m)

-BAM Properties (N300m)

-Dalhatu Investment Limited (N1.5b)

-Acacia Holdings (N600m)

– Olisa Metuh (400m)




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