The latest information we are getting from Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George and former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili had received the sum of N100m each from the embattled retired colonel and ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
SaharaReporters gathered that the money doled out to the two PDP officials were part of the $2.2bn intended for the purchase of arms in order to better equip the Nigerian military in its campaign against insurgency in the North east region, which has claimed many lives in the country.
But instead of using it for the purpose it was meant, the largess was distributed among loyal chieftains of the party, including Bode George and Peter Odili to use in canvassing support for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who in a twist of fate, eventually lost the presidential election held on March 28, 2015.
According to reports, Dasuki initially refused to name anyone involved in the scandal, claiming he never stole or diverted any money meant for the purchase of arms for the military. He even insisted strongly that the former President, Goodluck Jonathan was in on all the expenses he made in relation to the deal.
“When Dasuki was brought in, he initially refused to write any statement, alleging that he had been subjected to media trial. I think the ex-NSA decided not to open up based on the advice of his lawyers that he should leave everything for the open court. The EFCC operatives, however, obliged Dasuki a copy of the statement by a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shaibu Salisu in which the latter made some implicating statements.
“Dasuki, who was shocked by Salisu’s confessions, repeatedly asked: ‘You mean Salisu wrote all these! You mean he said these! Give me a pen and paper’. “Thereafter, Dasuki decided to open a can of worms. He gave a long list of PDP chieftains who collected money from the Office of the NSA. He mentioned the names of a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, ex-governors and ex-ministers and many others,” a source reported.