Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) has responded to reports that he was arrested, following orders from President Muhammadu Buhari’ for alleged siphoning of billions of dollars earmarked for arms purchases.
Speaking to PR Nigeria, Dasuki said: “I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel. I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by seeming indictment by the panel purportedly operating from Office of the National Security Adviser that never contacted me.
“For the record, I am proud to serve my nation with the best of intention and ensuring the recovery of more than 22 local government councils from Boko Haram terrorists.
“Because of the pride on how we tackled terrorism and defeated Boko Haram terrorists through our gallant troops and partners in the twilight of the previous administration, that is the reason I have insisted on open and public trial of my stewardship rather than secret trial in the court as being canvassed by my prosecutors.
“I wish Nigerians will go back and reflect on what we did with even little or no supports from some countries, we performed miracles before the emergence of this administration. Even though the committee was to investigate procurement from 2007 to 2015, yet only my name is always being mentioned even when some of the issues were before I came into the government.”
It would be recalled, President Buhari had ordered his arrest for alleged stealing of more than $2 billion meant to purchase weapons for the military to fight Boko Haram terrorists, a statement from presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said.
The statement faulted Dasuki, a key adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, of awarding “phantom contracts” to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets, and bombs and ammunition worth $2 billion that never were supplied.
“Dasuki also ordered the Central Bank to transfer $142.6 million to a company with accounts in the United States, the United Kingdom and in West Africa for unknown purposes and without contracts,” Adesina said.