The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Monday, January 4, commence a second round of investigation into the $2.1billion arms deals, The Nation reports.
Since the commissioning of the Armsgate or Dasukigate by the Anti-graft agency, some of the biggest fishes have been caught in Nigeria’s anti-corruption net.
The spotlight in the probe agenda will on Monday beam on how the Jonathan Administration spent €3,654,121million to purchase security vehicles for the Republic of Niger in October 2013 and April 2014.
It was learnt that the cash was withdrawn from the ONSA account in two installments of €1, 401,869 and €2,252,252.25, as the Commission will be seeking to verify whether or not the vehicles were bought and under what diplomatic or bilateral security cooperation.
The Anti-graft agency plans to grill more public figures including Minister of Finance in the Jonathan administration, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, some ex-Service Chiefs and serving military officers in connection with the $2.1billion arms deal. Some suspects may be taken into custody in the process.
A reliable source disclosed that: “We are beginning the second phase of the ongoing investigation of the $2.1b arms deals on Monday. From the preliminary findings, the scandal is mind-boggling.
“We are going to question more high-profile serving and former public officers, including a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the release of some funds.
“We want the ex-Minister to shed more light on how about $322million was disbursed to the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA).
“Some serving and former military chiefs will have to respond to issues which we have already isolated for clarification.”
The EFCC, it was gathered, is through with the first phase of the probe of the arms deals which led to the arraignment of ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and 10 others.