$2 Billion Arms Palaver: Dasuki speaks from EFCC custody: ‘I have not implicated anyone’ •FG hires new lawyer

Posted by News Express | 3 December 2015 | 3,271 times

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Embattled immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has spoken from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), denying ever making any statement implicating anyone or group in the allegation of $2 billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the Federal Government.

Dasuki, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji, a senior advocate said he never made such statement or name anyone to EFCC and wondered ‎where the authors got their information from.

Raji said: “I was with Dasuki yesterday and wish to make categorical statement that my client never made any statement of such nature or naming anybody or group in any statement.

“Quote me anywhere, Dasuki has not done anything like that. It is absolutely untrue. It is the figment of the imagination of the authors aimed at creating falsehood for reasons best known to them and Nigerians shou‎ld disregard them.

“They are just out to scandalise the man, bring his image and character into disrepute so that his friends and well wishers can run away from him. They want him deserted and that will fail.”

During today’s proceedings in court, the Federal Government appointed a private legal practitioner, Mr. Oladipupo Okpeseyitan, SAN, to prosecute Dasuki.

Okpeseyitan after announcing his appearance told the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola that he had filed a motion for stay of execution of the ruling of the court which granted Dasuki permission to seek medical treatment.

He applied to the court to put the ruling on hold pending the outcome of the appeal in the matter.

Raji in his reply told the court that he had just been served with the motion in court, adding that he needed time to respond to the motion.

The case has been fixed for December 8, 2015 for hearing.

Meanwhile, it has been clarified that not all funds in Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) are related to arm procurement as being alleged.

A PRNigeria report said: “The ONSA manages several funds for national security and other special interventions which are not related to Boko Haram or arm procurement. They include recurrent expenditures and miscellaneous expenses under Special Service Office (SSO) to fund special projects and programmes including capacity building, refreshment, travelling, office maintenance, crisis communication and supports to special causes and Non-Governmental Organisations.

“Most of the figures being bandied were taken from the special funds meant for the purposes that they were spent and not on the so-called arm-deal.

“All over the world, there are lots of expenditures of national security and sensitive matters that are not ridiculed in the press.”

•Photo shows Sambo Dasuki with his lawyer during a previous court appearance.

Source: News Express

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