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EFCC to quiz Dasuki for alleged arms cash theft

Ex-NSA to honour invitation Monday
Embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA)
Sambo Dasuki was yesterday invited for
questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC).

But Dasuki, who is to answer questions on arms
contracts between 2007 and 2015, will not be at the
EFCC today.

The invitation is an indication that the anti-graft
agency may have taken over the arms procurement
probe and the likely arraignment of Dasuki and
others indicted by a panel, which examined the

The others, yet unnamed, include former Defence
Chiefs and Service chiefs. Besides, the panel has
summoned 30 arms dealers.

As a prelude to the arraignment, the EFCC will need
to obtain statements from the suspects.

But Dasuki has said that he may not be available
until Monday because of the siege to his residence
by the operatives of the Department of State
Services (DSS).

A Federal High Court is expected to make a
pronouncement on the siege on Monday to allow
Dasuki some freedom to respond to issues from
the EFCC and other security agencies.

It was learnt yesterday that a letter signed by the
Director of Operations of the EFCC, Mr. Olaolu
Adegbite, invited Dasuki in connection with alleged
diversion of funds.

A source said: “A letter was delivered today
(yesterday) to Dasuki by the EFCC requesting him to
report for an interaction on Friday (today).

“This is an indication that the Presidency has
forwarded the Interim Report of the Special
Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement to
the anti-graft commission.

“I think the development also indicated that Dasuki
and those implicated in the arms deals might be
prosecuted by the EFCC.

“Now all the parties have the opportunity to
present facts, figures and relevant documents
before the court for the public to know the true
position of things.”

Informed sources insisted last night that Dasuki
might have opted not to honour the EFCC invitation
because of the siege to his house by the operatives
of the DSS.

Dasuki, who held talks with his lawyers yesterday,
was said to be seeking for understanding from the
EFCC to honour the invitation on Monday. It could
not be ascertained whether the anti-graft agency
agreed to his request.

A close source to the former security chief said:

“There is an invitation from the EFCC but the DSS
operatives have refused to vacate his residence.
Dasuki cannot even step out of his home as I am
speaking with you.

“If he steps out of his house, the DSS operatives
may whisk him away to an unknown destination.
He has to be careful too.

“Dasuki is banking on the Federal High Court on
Monday to decide on his right to freedom of
movement and why the DSS should vacate his
residence. You know the Attorney-General of the
Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar
Malami (SAN), will address the court on Monday.

“The ex-NSA has asked his lawyers to write to the
EFCC for some understanding till Monday when the
court will make a pronouncement on why he is
entitled to move out freely to honour all summons.

“Dasuki is under house arrest which amounts to a
kind of mental torture.”

The list of other suspects and contractors
implicated in the arms deals was being kept under
wraps last night.

“The panel only submitted an Interim Report,
investigation is ongoing and we do not want to
release any list which may jeopardise investigation.

“Some of these equipment, arms, weapons and
ammunition, were sourced from Nigerian firms,
Czech Republic, Pakistan, Israel, Russia, Canada,
China, France and even companies in South Africa
served as intermediaries on arms purchase.

Some of the equipment sourced for the Army from
South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic include T-72
Russian-made tanks; APCs, T55 armoured tanks
with RM 70 multiple rocket launchers, and Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPS) vehicles from
South Africa, Russia, Czech Republic.

Others bought for the Air Force from Russia and
France were MI35 attack helicopters; Agusta 109
support helicopters; Super PUMA helicopters; F17
Bombers and Alpha Jet bombers.

In March, the Stockholm International Peace
Research Institute (SIPRI) said Canada was one of
the top sellers supplying arms and weapons to
Nigeria and Cameroon to aid their fight against
Boko Haram.

The Institute said: “The report listed Canada as the
world’s 13th-biggest arms exporter over the past
five years. It was the 14th-biggest weapons
exporter in the previous five-year period.

“According to the list, Canada facilitated the sale of
40 armoured vehicles to Nigeria in 2013 and 2014.
Two of those companies were identified as the
Streit Group and INKAS.”

A military source said: “The ongoing probe has
international dimension. The panel will have to
liaise with some embassies to invite some of the
affected suppliers.

“I think we are in for a long haul in the ongoing
probe. And the sensitive nature of the assignments
made the panel to submit an Interim Report.”

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