Still investigating the looted $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase, the EFCC keeps making open their revelations about the case. Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki who is still under EFCC custody, has allegedly said that he handed the N10 billion he withdrew from Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, to the former President Jonathan’s Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa & Aide-de-Camp on Jonathan’s instruction.
Dasuki stated this while defending himself in a statement of Witness/Accused Person which has been filed in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ahead of his arraignment. Dasuki went further to state that the money was given out by the two aides, on the directive of Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and that he had nothing to do with the withdrawn cash except for the fact that he withdrew it. The statement reads:
“That I am aware in November (I cannot remember the exact date), my office requested the CBN to exchange N10 billion from the account of the Office of National Security Adviser domiciled in CBN. The money was exchanged at $47m and some Euros which I cannot remember. The exact amount was delivered at my residence.
“The money was for delegates that attended the nomination convention for the PDP. Presidential nomination. The money was paid and sent to Hon. (Waripamowei) Dudafa (SSAP Household) and ADC (C-IC) for distribution on the instruction of the President.
Based on the statement of Director of Finance and administration (Salisu), Ibrahim Wambai, and Yazidu Ibrahim, all the cash (both foreign and local) are usually given to them for official use.
I also noted the statement of Sagir Bafarawa whose company is Dalhatu Investment which he stated that he received the sum of N4,633,000,000 from the account of the Office of the NSA. I authorised the payment. The money was for vehicles, motorcycles for youth empowerment and women sent to Saudi Arabia. I got the proposal from the President. I do not have the proposal; it should be at the office in the Villa
“I have seen the statement of the Zenith Bank account where N5billion was paid. I authorised the following payments, among others: Jabbama Ada Global Nigeria Limited (N400m); R.R. Hospital (N750m); ACACIA Holdings LTD (N1.25b); Barr. I.M. Bala (N150m); African Cable TV (N 350m); Nigerian Defence Academy (N159m); B.B. (N350m); Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (N125,503, 255.11); Coscharis Motors (N119m).
“The payments were meant for various partners as earlier listed. I know Basha Nigeria Limited to be owned by Hon. Bello Matawalle. I authorided the payment of N380million for further disbursement to members of the House of Representatives as campaign contribution. I authorised the payment of N751million to HEIRS BDC Limited for conversion to forex from the account of the NSA. Money was used for operation in the Office of the NSA.
“I have seen the mandate from the CBN signed by me authorizing payment of various sums of money to Dalhatu Investment for the reasons earlier stated.
Speaking further on how he disbursed the funds he withdrew, former National Security Advicer, Sambo Dasuki further stated that he also signed out money for political campaign in the last elections. He also admitted giving part of the money to DAAR Communications owned by Raymond Dokpesi.
In respect of funds given to Amb. Bashir Yuguda between December 2014 and 2015, I authorized the payment of N1.5billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser for political campaign in the last elections. I remember paying DAAR Communications the sum of N2.120billion from ONSA for media activities for the Presidential Campaign 2015” he said.
Stating clearly that he has no foreign account, Dasuki went further to confirm that he authorized the payment of $146,639019.00 to E-Force Inter-Service Ltd.
“I do not have any company registered in my name, I have no account with HSBC. All payments made from NSA accounts within the period I was there were authorized by me.” Dasuki said.
Moreso, CBN confirmed most of the information issued by Dasuki. In a response to the letter written to the office of the CBN governor on September 15th 2015, requesting for information on how the said fund was disbursed, CBN made the clarification in an October 29, 2015 letter to the EFCC’s Director of Operations. The letter reads:
” …The N10billion constitutes two tranches of N5.08billion each debited to the CBN/OAGF SIGNATURE BONUS ACCOUNT NO 400225220 vide OAGF memo Ref: FD/LP2015/1/28 DF to the Office of the National Security Adviser A/C Number 20172241019 with the CBN Abuja and the second was for credit into the account of National Security Adviser Account Number 1014199287 with Zenith Bank Plc Wuse II Abuja.
“The transactions were consummated on November 10, 2014. The mandate that authorized the withdrawal of USD47.0m was from the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA) with REF: NSA/366/S dated November 26, 2014. The mandate was processed for dollar cash payment to Mr. S. A. Salisu on November 27, 2014.
“The USD5.0M was via a memo from the ONSA memo REF: ACCT/86/VOL. 2/ 218 dated November 13, 2014. The National Security Adviser Account Number 20172241019 was debited and dollar cash payment made to Mr. Wambai Ibrahim on November 14, 2014 in line with the mandate.
“The Euro 4.0m and Euro 1.6m transactions were via mandate from ONSA memo REF: NASS/ 366/S dated November 26, 2014. The NSA’s Account Number 20172241019 was debited and Euro cash payment effected as follows: Euro 4.0m on December 3, 2014 and Euro 1.6m was on December 24, 2014. These sums were released to Mr. S. A. Salisu as stipulated in the mandate. Attached are copies of all the relevant documents please.”
More to this, a Staff Officer Account 1 in the Office of the NSA, Yazidu Ibrahim said he can testify that for all the companies that were paid, VAT and Withholding Tax were never paid for any contract.He further stated that there was no tenders board and procurement unit at the NSA. “The awarding authority for all contracts, remains the NSA. All payments for contracts are (sic) based on directive from the DFA. Sometimes, there were accompanying documents most times, there was nothing except account details of contractors” he said. Yazidu Ibrahim also made the following statements:
“I want to state as follows: many of the contracts were fake because the payment were round figures. (2), many of the payments were related to the 2015 presidential elections and not for national security. Many of the cash payments were just looted. Many people in the ruling PDP got huge sums of money”.
” The SAS imprest account is an account maintained by the NSA and the Permanent Secretary, Special Service Office. This is where money for the intelligence community is first paid before sharing between the ONSA, NSA and DSS.”
Meanwhile, sahara reporters has disclosed a leaked a document showing how Dasuki disbursed the fund he withdrew from the Apex bank. See Pictures below: