Arms deal: Ex-military chiefs offer to refund contract sums

By 11:04 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 Comments

•EFCC may seize Dasuki’s, others’ assets

•Targets mansions in Abuja, Kaduna

•One top Nigerian, two Israeli suspects sneak out

There were indications last night that some of the

former military chiefs and military officers under

investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC) have volunteered to refund

some money for jobs undone.

A source privy to the activities of the Special

Investigative Committee said: “About four of such

former officers have offered to make refunds. I

think Dasuki does not know the extent to which the

panel had gone in probing the arms deals.

“When the case gets to court, Nigerians will

appreciate the depth of the investigation by the


In line with its enabling Act of Parliament, EFCC

may seize the assets of a former National Security

Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and some ex-military

chiefs allegedly involved in the N644 billion arms


The anti-graft commission may invoke temporary

assets forfeiture clause as part of the ongoing

probe of the arms procurement.

It was learnt that three suspects, including a top

Nigerian and two Israelis, have sneaked out of the

country to escape arrest.

It was also gathered that some former service

chiefs have offered to return votes meant for failed


A reliable source said: “The EFCC may invoke

Assets Forfeiture clause to seize the properties of

Dasuki and other Service Chiefs who allegedly

diverted or misappropriated funds meant for arms

procurement in line with sections 28 and 34 of the

EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of

the Federal High Court Act, 2004.

“Section 28 reads: ‘Where a person is arrested for

an offence under this Act, the Commission shall

immediately trace and attach all the assets and

properties of the person acquired as a result of

such economic or financial crime and shall

thereafter cause to be obtained an interim

attachment order from the Court.’

“We have appreciable list of assets in Abuja,

Kaduna, Lagos and Port Harcourt to be attached.

One of the affected officers built two mansions in

Kaduna and Abuja under six months.

“A Service Chief is also being investigated for

allegedly acquiring a property of the late first

Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye


As at the time of filing this report, three key

suspects in the procurement process were alleged

to have sneaked out of the country.

Another source said: “The government may appear

to have been hard on Dasuki because three

suspects implicated in the arms deal have sneaked

out of the country. The suspects, including a top

Nigerian and two Israelis, were rated as closer to


“Wherever they are, we will repatriate them

accordingly. With the cooperation of some

countries, there is no hiding place for any suspect.

“This is one of the reasons why the Federal

Government does not want Dasuki to travel out for

medical treatment.

“The Department of State Security Service(DSS) was

proactive in placing one of the suspects on

surveillance but the recourse to court made the

affected culprit to leave the country.

“Another factor is that the cases against the ex-NSA

are many and the government cannot say because

of an isolated matter, he should be allowed to go

abroad. What if he does not return to the country?”



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