As more questionable spending of the $2.1 billion arms deal fund continue to be unearthed, the embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has claimed that he dipped into the fund on the instructions of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Dasuki has been in the centre of the controversy surrounding the arms deal probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, with not a few Nigerians shocked at the brazen manner with which the ex-NSA allegedly shared the country’s scarce resources meant to purchase military hardware and other security equipment to combat Boko Haram, among
In a statement of Witness/Accused Person which has been filed in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dasuki, however, denied having any account with HSBC as widely reported.
He said, “I wish to state as follows: That I have been publicly indicted and any statement may jeopardize my defence. Having been briefed by the EFCC investigators on why I was invited, I will answer the charges in court. As such, I do not wish to make any further statement on the matter.
“That I am aware in November (I cannot remember the exact date), my office requested the CBN to exchange N10billion from the account of the Office of National Security Adviser domiciled in CBN. The money was exchanged at $47m and some Euros which I cannot remember. The exact amount was delivered at my residence.
“The money was for delegates that attended the nomination convention for the PDP. Presidential nomination. The money was paid and sent to Hon. (Waripamowei) Dudafa (SSAP Household) and ADC (C-IC) for distribution on the instruction of the President.
“Based on the statement of Director of Finance and administration (Salisu), Ibrahim Wambai, and Yazidu Ibrahim, all the cash (both foreign and local) are usually given to them for official use”.
Mr. Dasuki added: “I do not have any company registered in my name, I have no account with HSBC. All payments made from NSA accounts within the period I was there were authorised by me”.