Following the arraignment of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) in Nigeria, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, more facts are emerging over the controversy surrounding the $2bn arms deal – money meant to purchase weapons to fight Boko Haram.
The ex-NSA has issued a Statement of Witness/Accused Person which has been filed in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), claiming that he acted on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s instruction.
In the statement, 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 jeopardise 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.
“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.”