An agency which distributes press statements for organisations and individuals in Nigeria, PRNigeria has denied the notion that all funds disbursed from the office of the National Securty Adviser, ONSA are meant for arms procurement. Premium Times reports.
In a statement it issued on Thursday, December 3, the firm said, contrary to public perception, former NSA, Sambo Dasuki did not implicated some past governors and officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It also said “not all funds in Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) are related to arm procurement as being alleged.”
PRNigeria said: “The office of the National Security Adviser manages several funds for national security and other special interventions which are not related to Boko Haram or arm procurement.
“They include recurrent expenditures and miscellaneous expenses under Special Service Office (SSO) to fund special projects and programmes, including capacity building, refreshment, travelling, office maintenance, crisis communication and supports to special causes and Non-Governmental Organisations.
“Most of the figures being bandied were taken from the special funds meant for the purposes that they were spent and not on the so-called arms deal.”
“All over the world, there are lots of expenditures of national security and sensitive matters that are not ridiculed in the press.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, is currently investigating how over $2.2 billion meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition for Nigerian armed forces were allegedly diverted for political and other purposes.
The commission so far have in detention the former NSA, Dasuki, and former Minister of state for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, owner of AIT/Raypower, Raymond Dokpesi as well as a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Others in detention include the son of Mr. Bafarawa, Sagir Bafarawa, and that of a former Minister of Defence, Bello Mohammed, Abba Mohammed.
Also in the custody of the anti-graft agency is former director of finance and administration in the former NSA’s office, Shuaibu Salisu.
Mr. Salisu was a joint signatory with Mr. Dasuki to the NSA’s office account, he was accused of “supervising some dubious payments”.
A source divulged that intelligence reports had so far allegedly linked Mr. Salisu to the ownership of luxury properties in Abuja and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.