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
ALL THE CHARGES
- 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
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.
- 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