Sambo Dasuki Pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts


Nigeria’s ex-national security adviser has appeared in court, charged over an alleged $68m fraud.

Sambo Dasuki was charged on 19 counts of fraud, money laundering and criminal breach of trust at the high court in the capital Abuja, BBC Report


  • That you Dasuki, Salisu and Dudafa (now at large) gave N10b to PDP presidential primary election delegates
  • That you Dasuki, Salisu paid N2.1b into the account of DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited to fund media activities for the 2015 presidential election campaign for the PDP
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N90million into the account of Brains and Hammers Limited to buy 7-bedroom duplex house at No.11 Mansur Bamalli Drive(D1064), Apo 1 Abuja in the name of Dasuki’s son
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N170million into the account of Urban Abode Nigerian Limited to buy 4-bedroom duplex house  at Plot 2562/2643 Platinum Villa (PV) Asokoro Abuja in the name of AVM M.N. Umaru
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N1.45billion to Acacia Holdings Limited controlled by Aminu Baba-Kusa for organising prayers.
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N750m to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited in favour of Baba-Kusa for prayers.
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N380m to Belsha Nigeria Limited controlled by Bello Matanwalle for sharing to support some members of the House of Representatives for  their re-election campaign
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N670m to General Hydrocarbons Limited controlled by Nduka Obaigbena for “energy consulting”
  • That you Dasuki and Salisu paid N260m to Tony Anenih
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He pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Mr Dasuki is accused of illegally transferring $50m from the national security budget to fund election campaigns for members of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s party.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered his arrest two weeks ago, after a government investigation alleged that $2bn (£1.3bn) meant to buy arms to fight Boko Haram had gone missing.

He is the most senior official to be arrested as a result of an investigation into arms procurement during the administration of Mr Jonathan, defeated by Mr Buhari in the March 2015 elections.

A government investigation found that Sambo Dasuki had awarded “ghost contracts” to buy 12 helicopters and four fighter jets which never materialised. He also denies those allegations.


Sambo Dasuki

  • From a royal family, he’s the son of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslim community
  • A career soldier, rose to be a colonel in the army until his retirement
  • Reportedly one of the officers who arrested current President Muhammadu Buhari when he was overthrown as military head of state 30 years ago – something he denies
  • Became former President Goodluck Jonathan’s national security adviser in 2012
  • Oversaw the fight against Boko Haram under his presidency
  • At the centre of a row over Nigeria’s unorthodox arms procurement in 2014, when South Africa seized suitcases packed with millions of dollars of cash at an airport in Johannesburg
  • Charged for possessing illegal weapons in August 2015
  • Was put under house arrest despite a court order to allow him to travel abroad for cancer treatment