Spare Nobody In Arms Deal Probe – Activist

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An activist , Segun Lema Thursday urged the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) and Department of State Security (DSS) not to spare anybody suspected to be connected with the ongoing arm deal probe.

He particularly demanded that the former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan must not be treated as a sacred cow in the struggle to expose those allegedly behind the scam.

He said as the former President, he should be mandated to explain what he knew about the misappropriation of the $21b meant for the purchase of arms.

Lema said Jonathan as the consenting authority, was in best position to tell Nigerians the role he played in the arms deal

The former Vice Chairman, Okitipupa branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) emphasised that Nigerians deserved explanation from the former President on the matter.

According to him, the money was meant to purchase arms and combat terrorism and insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria.

The EFCC had on Tuesday arrested the chairman of DAAR Communication, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), Amb. Bashir Yuguda and Atahiru Bafarawa over their alleged involvement in the disappearance of the money

The military authority had also invited the immediate past Chief of Defense Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Badeh (Rtd) and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika over their alleged involvement in the arms deal.

He said the invitation of former President Jonathan on the matter would throw more light on the issue and unravel the circumstances that led to the misappropriation of the money.

He hailed the arrest of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall Badeh and Lt Gen. ihejirika by the EFCC and urged the anti graft Agency to prosecute whoever that was involved in the deal accordingly.

He lamented that some individuals whom Nigerians look up to as symbol of the nation could because of their selfish interests, worked against the collective interest of the nation in its quest to combat terrorism, insurgency and protect the lives and properties of the citizenry.

The legal practitioner however urged the President Mohammadu Buhari to ensure that the money is recovered and punish whosoever that is linked to it accordingly, saying “Nobody is bigger than the law.”
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