Following the 60 per cent reimbursement made by a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa, of the money he allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken a new stance in the anti-corruption war pertaining the $2.1bn arms deal allegedly spearheaded by ex National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, has on Sunday, January 10, issued a stern warning to all politicians who shared in the slush fund to return what they got or face trial.
“We have conducted a thorough investigation and we have retrieved some of the memos sent to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan by the former National Security Adviser; none of them indicated that the cash should be for political purposes,” a top official of the agency reportedly said.
“There was never a memo for cash advance for political matters like campaign or election. “We have also traced some of these funds directly to the accounts of these bigwigs or their proxy companies. “Having gone far, we are asking them to return these funds or else, we will go after them any moment from now. I think they should respect themselves and make urgent refund.
“In the alternative, we will arrest them and arraign them in court to defend such strange allocations. “We will retrieve every kobo given out from ONSA. It is insufficient to say somebody gave me this money. Once we trace undeserved public funds into your account or phony and proxy companies, we will ask for refund.”
According to sources, EFCC decided on refund of cash after retrieving some of the memoranda which the embattled Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan to request for funds.
Based on the vetting of the memos and disbursement of money to PDP chieftains and other highly-placed Nigerians, the EFCC has drawn the battle line of either “you make a refund or face trial”.
Invited For Questioning Some of the beneficiaries of the cash include former governors Peter Odili (N100m); Rashidi Ladoja(N100m), Attahiru Bafarawa(N100m), Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m), and Jim Nwobodo(N500m).
Others are: Chief Tony Anenih(N260m); ex-PDP National Chairman Ahmadu Ali(N100m); Chief Bode George (N100m/ $30,000), Yerima Abdullahi (N100m); Chief Olu Falae (N100m); Tanko Yakassai (N63m); Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki(N200m); Raymond Dokpesi, Iyorchia Ayu’s company(N345m); BAM Properties(N300m); Dalhatu Investment Limited(N1.5b); ex-PDP National Chairman Mohammed Bello Haliru, Abba Mohammed, Sagir Attahiru, serving and former members of the House of Representatives(over N600 million); former Chairman of the House of Representatives on Security and Intelligence, Bello Matawalle(N300m); ACACIA Holdings(N600m); Bashir Yuguda (N1,950,000) and many companies.