The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has laid out the play rule to all individuals who partook in the indiscriminate sharing and alleged diverting of the $2.1 billion arms deal fund. Following the release of former Military Administrator of Kaduna State and All Progressives’ Congress (APC) chieftain, Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa, after he returned N100 million out of the N170 million he had collected from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the anti-graft commission has said that the loot must be returned or the culprit will face trial.
An EFCC source said they decided on the ‘refund of cash’ after discovering some of the memoranda which was exchanged between the former President, Goodluck Jonathan and the embattled former NSA, Sambo Dasuki and found out that none of the memos indicated a diversion of funds for party or election purpose
“We have conducted a thorough investigation and we have retrieved some of the memos sent to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan by the former National Security Adviser; none of them indicated that the cash should be for political purposes. There was never a memo for cash advance for political matters like campaign or election. We have also traced some of these funds directly to the accounts of these bigwigs or their proxy companies.
“Having gone far, we are asking them to return these funds or else, we will go after them any moment from now. I think they should respect themselves and make urgent refund. In the alternative, we will arrest them and arraign them in court to defend such strange allocations. We will retrieve every kobo given out from ONSA. It is insufficient to say somebody gave me this money. Once we trace undeserved public funds into your account or phony and proxy companies, we will ask for refund.”
The EFCC has therefore drawn the battle line, asking the benefactors of the “illegal disbursement” which include Attahiru Bafarawa (N100m), Jim Nwobodo (N500m), former governors Peter Odili (N100m); Rashidi Ladoja (N100m) and Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m) to either refund the loot to the FG or face trial.
Some other beneficiaries of ‘largese’ revealed so far according to the Nation, also include: Chief Tony Anenih (N260m); ex-PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Ali (N100m); Chief Bode George (N100m/$30,000), Yerima Abdullahi (N100m); Chief Olu Falae (N100m); Tanko Yakassai (N63m); Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki (N200m); Raymond Dokpesi, Iyorchia Ayu’s company (N345m); BAM Properties (N300m); Dalhatu Investment Limited (N1.5b); ex-PDP National Chairman Mohammed Bello Haliru, Abba Mohammed, Sagir Attahiru, serving and former members of the House of Representatives (over N600 million); former Chairman of the House of Representatives on Security and Intelligence, Bello Matawalle (N300m); ACACIA Holdings(N600m); Bashir Yuguda (N1,950,000) and many companies.
Speaking on the release of Buhari’s associate, Jararu Isa and the further detention of Chief Olisa Metuh of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the source added:
“He admitted collecting money from ONSA and he has refunded 60 per cent of the sum credited to him. I think it should be about N100 million. Isa is the only person who has so far refunded money among the political figures who collected funds from ONSA. We have granted him bail to allow him time to source for the balance.
“So far, Metuh has admitted the transfer of N400 million by ONSA into a company in which he has substantial interest. It is left to him to justify why he deserved such benefit from arms cash. We are still questioning him on other remittances into the company’s account. We are also demanding how he will refund the cash.
“Contrary to the noise outside, we did our homework very well. Anybody we bring to the EFCC this time around, we used to make sure that we have established a case against him. So, we don’t invite or arrest on frivolous basis. We do thorough investigation this time around.”