Tuesday, 26 January 2016

(PHOTO) $2.1bn arms deal saga: This is what EFCC seized from Dasuki, others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confiscated so many properties believed to belong to former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki and some officials on trial or under investigation.

The properties were sealed at the weekend in Kaduna, The Nation reports.

Dasuki is at the centre of the anti-graft commission’s investigation into the $2.1 billion arms deal scam.

Dasuki’s confiscated property in Kaduna are said to be a hotel complex on Rabah Road, Malali GRA and a mansion under construction on Sani Sami Road, also in Malali GRA.

Except for some workers moving out their tools, the site was empty yesterday.

Others whose properties were also confiscated include a former Chief of Defence Staff and a former theatre commander of Operation Lafia Dole in Maiduguri, Major General Yishau Mahmood Abubakar.

Abubakar’s residential duplex located at No. 5C, Sultan Close was sealed off Sunday evening.

Report has it that when the EFCC operatives stormed the house on Sunday evening, there was a birthday party going on and they asked everybody to vacate the premises immediately.

A shopping mall allegedly belonging to Abubakar’s wife was also confiscated. Though, sources alleged that the property belongs to the general’s brother and not his wife.

Also confiscated was a shopping mall on Sultan Road, which is believed to belong to Gen. Abubakar’s friend who is an ambassador.

The EFCC operatives marked the sealed properties with red paint, which had the inscription, “Keep off, under EFCC investigation.”

The general’s whereabouts were said to be unknown and the EFCC operatives allegedly took the his wife along with them.

A panel, which investigating the alleged misapplication of about $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms indicted Dasuki and other prominent Nigerians. Some who have been indicted include Olisa Metuh, the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olu Falae and others. Dasuki and Metuh have been arraigned in court.

The EFCC has also gathered a team to interrogate the indicted officers in the shady arms deal. Those to be interrogated are a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, and 17 others, including 11 senior military officers.

However, some of the Army officers indicted in the scam have cried foul, alleging that they were not allowed to appear before the Special Investigative Committee (SIC) before being referred to the EFCC.