$2.1b Arms Deals: Mu’azu, Dikko, Jonathan’s Ex-aide May Be Declared Wanted
Security agencies may declare former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chair Adamu Muazu, former Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Comptroller-General Abdullahi Dikko Inde and four others wanted.
The others are former PDP Kebbi State governorship candidate Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki, a former top official in the Office of National Security Adviser, Col. Bello Fadile, former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamowei Dudafa and a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr.Abdulrasheed Maina.
They are wanted in connection with the ongoing probe of alleged curious spending by some former public officers, including the management of $2.1billion arms cash by ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is in detention.
Some of those wanted allegedly diverted public funds to other uses, including political purposes.
Investigations have so far shown that some of the officers have questions to answer on some expenditures incurred by the Jonathan administration.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Muazu—(N500million cash allegedly from the Office of the National Security Adviser);
- Yaki(N200million from ONSA);
- Fadile(N100million from ONSA);
- Dudafa( being investigated for N10billion given to the delegates to the PDP’s nomination convention);
- Maina—alleged N20billion pension fraud
- Dikko—N3.5billion incurred on internet project
According to a source, who spoke in confidence, most of those affected were invited by the Special Investigative Committee probing the activities of ONSA but they refused to turn up.
The source added: “Security agencies have given these former public officers enough time but they have not turned up to clear some disbursements and expenditures traced to them.
“The committee is not saying that they are guilty but it is imperative for them to appear before the team handling these issues.
“They have up to one week to honour the invitation of the panel or else they will be declared wanted by the appropriate security agencies.”
Another source said: “Some of the accused persons on trial admitted disbursing arms cash to a few of these former public officers. For instance, Dasuki, in his statement, said he handed over N10billion to Dudafa for disbursement to delegates to PDP Nomination Convention.
“A former Minister of Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, who is standing trial, said Yakin benefited to the tune of N200million from some funds.
“Most of these people are holed up abroad. Let them come home. Once they are declared wanted by security agencies, it will be easier to extradite them home.”