Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state is finding fault with the government’s prosecuting of only the retired colonel, Dasuki whose house in Abuja has been under siege by operatives of the DSS after they placed him under house arrest irrespective of the court order by the Federal High Court granting the request for his passport to be released, to enable him travel out for treatment. Oshiomole opined that more prosecutions need to be done and it should involve higher powers in the past who approved the money without following due process.
He stated this following the arrest of the preceding national security adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) by the Department of State Security (DSS) yesterday, December 1, in the ongoing arms deal investigation. He urged the federal government to prosecute former president Goodluck Jonathan and the immediate past finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Leadership reports that in an interview with the media, he propounded that Jonathan and Okonjo-Iweala are supposed to join Dasuki who is already facing a five-count charge of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms in the prosecuting queue as it had been established that the two approved the billions of dollars released for the purchase of arms for counter-terrorism operations under Jonathan.
He further said that both Jonathan and Okonjo-Iweala should be prosecuted after Dasuki revealed that he received an extra-budgetary allocation of $2.1 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) within nine months and with Jonathan.
He went on to recommend that the Nigerian constitution does not give any president the ultimate power to spend money that is not appropriated by the National Assembly, thus he is asking for Jonathan and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be prosecuted. He said;
“The issue is whether the Nigerian President under the constitution has the power to approve funds belonging to local, state and federal government – funds that have not been appropriated by the National Assembly. That is a criminal offense for which Okonjo-Iweala ought to face criminal prosecution. These things are just discussed and wished away. For me, I will stick for the truth and don’t care what people will say.”
He then cited the Money Laundering Act which states that if one takes cash in excess of N5 million transaction, it is money laundering and it is criminal. He said:
“Talking about revelation, look at the letter credited to Dasuki – the immediate past National Security Adviser. In his defence which I read in your paper, he seems to admit that money was spent but it was approved by the President. Does the Nigerian constitution empower the President to spend money which has not been appropriated by the National Assembly? And they took cash from the CBN. The Money Laundering Act says if you take cash in excess of N5 million transaction, it is money laundering and it is criminal.
“So, by Dasuki’s letter, he has also confirmed that Okonjo-Iweala is privy to spending money never appropriated and therefore criminal, and that cash were being moved contrary to the money laundering act. Just using Dasuki’s own defence, you can see a case of conspiracy has been established between Dasuki, Okonjo-Iweala and all those involved in that transaction.”