Home News Politics Dasukigate: EFCC Begins Probe Into €3.6m Spent To Buy Security Vehicles For Niger Republic
Dasukigate: EFCC Begins Probe Into €3.6m Spent To Buy Security Vehicles For Niger Republic

Dasukigate: EFCC Begins Probe Into €3.6m Spent To Buy Security Vehicles For Niger Republic

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Sambo-Dasuki-Arms-DealsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is set to commence the second phase of investigation into the $2.1billion arms deal involving the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Of particular interest to EFCC investigators is how the Goodluck Jonathan Administration spent €3,654,121 million to purchase security vehicles for the Republic of Niger in October 2013 and April 2014.

The cash was withdrawn from the ONSA account in two tranches of €1, 401,869 and €2,252,252.25,

The anti-graft agency is seeking to establish if the vehicles were indeed purchased and under what diplomatic or bilateral security cooperation.

This is just as The NATION reports that the EFCC planning to invite for interrogation, a former Finance Minister in the Jonathan administration, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; some ex-Service Chiefs and serving military officers in connection with the $2.1billion arms deal.

Some of the suspects may be taken into custody in the process, sources hinted yesterday.

On the purchase of security vehicles for Niger Republic, the newspaper reports that the initial cash of €1, 401,869 was drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria in October 2013 through ONSA memo ACCT/87/VOL.1/384

The second tranche of €2,252,252.25 was withdrawn from the CBN on April 1, 2014 via a memo ACCT/87/VOL.1/60

The first memo to the CBN Governor, ;Transfer of foreign exchange’, said: “You are please requested to transfer the sum of €1, 401,869.00  only in favour of SEI Societe d’equipments internanaux-Niamey-Niger BP 11737 as payment for the supply of security vehicles to Republic of Niger. The wire transfer details are as follows: Banque: SONIBANK (Republique du Niger-Niamey). Compete N025111123981/22. Code Banque: 80064. Code Guichrt: 01001.

“The amount should be charged to National Security Adviser Account no. 0020172241019 with the Central Bank of Nigeris Abuja and all charges thereto.

“Please accept the assurances of the National Security Adviser”.

A second memo said: “You are please requested to transfer the sum of €2, 252, 252.25 only in favour of SEI Societe d’equipments internanaux-Niamey-Niger BP 11737 as payment for the supply of security vehicles to Republic of Niger. The wire transfer details are as follows: Banque: SONIBANK (Republique du Niger-Niamey). Compete N025111123981/22. Code Banque: 80064. Code Guichrt: 01001.

“The amount should be charged to National Security Adviser Account no. 0020172241019 with the Central Bank of Nigeria,Abuja and all charges thereto.

“Please accept the assurances of the National Security Adviser”.

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