An investigative report by a panel allegedly named former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki as one of the people involved in embezzling funds meant for weapons purchase.
Sambo Dasuki is already facing charges of illegal arms possession and money laundering at the Federal high court. The report claims that while he served as security adviser, Dasuki awarded “phantom contracts” worth over 300 billion Naira.
Although a Federal High Court has granted his motion for medical leave, Dasuki is still under house arrest.
Sambo Dasuki has refuted the allegations against him, claiming that all contracts awarded were approved by former President, Good luck Jonathan.
Dasuki said, “All contracts and accruing payments were with the approval of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Once the ex-President approved, the former NSA paid. So, there was due process for every purchase in line with regulations guiding arms procurement for the Armed Forces.
And Nigerians should note that all the services generated the types of equipment needed, sourced for suppliers most times and after consideration by the Office of the NSA, the President will approve application for payment. For sensitive sectors (military/security), there was no room for awarding fictitious contracts. The conclusions of the panel were presumptive, baseless and lacked diligence.
There were no fictitious contracts; contract sums were not diverted and the relevant services in writing acknowledged delivery of equipment. For all procurements, the Nigerian Army, the Air Force and the Nigerian Navy have their contractors.”