Arms Deal: EFCC files fraud charges against Dasuki, Yuguda, Dokpesi, Bafarawa others

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Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has slammed various charges bordering on fraud and money laundering on a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; and founder of Daar Holdings Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, in the Federal High Court Abuja.

Multiple sources at the anti-corruption agency told PREMIUM TIMES late on Tuesday that a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; Mr. Dasuki; Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance at the NSA office, Mr. Bafarawa and his son, Sagir; and a company, Dalhatu Investment Limited would be docked on a 22-count charge of fraud and money laundering.

In a separate charge, Mr. Dasuki; Mr. Salisu; a former director at the NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa; and two firms, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital would face a 19-count charge bordering on fraud, corruption and money laundering.

In a third charge sheet, also filed by the EFCC at the court, Mr. Dokpesi and the company he founded, Daar Investment and Holdings, would face a two-count charge of fraud and money laundering.

Another source at the EFCC told PREMIUM TIMES all the accused persons might be docked on Wednesday at the FHC Abuja. But this newspaper was unable to independently verify that information Tuesday.

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria
Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

The spokesperson to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that charges had been filed against the suspects. He however declined to provide details of the charges.

Mr. Uwujaren also wouldn’t say if Mr. Sambo and his colleagues would be arraigned Wednesday.

One Babasola Kuti, who appeared to be acting on behalf of the Dokpesi family, had earlier on Tuesday sent a statement to PREMIUM TIMES, saying a six-count charge (not two-count) had been slammed on the media mogul and his company, Daar Investment and Holding Company.

Former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa
Former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa

“The six-count charge filed by Aliyu M. Yusuf, deputy director of legal, in the legal and prosecution department of the efcc, against Dokpesi and a company, Daar Investments Holding Ltd, shows that four of the counts relate to alleged breach of the public procurement act of 2007, while one relates to money laundering and the sixth alleged that Dokpesi and Daar Investment Company had knowledge that the N2.1 billion paid to them by the federal government, through the office of the NSA, represented the proceeds of criminal conduct,” the statement said.

It continued, “The other five counts accused them of fraudulent and corrupt act by entering into a contract with the federal government for presidential media initiative and that they got paid N2.1 billion without any open competitive bidding; without a written and comprehensive request to them by the federal government of Nigeria; and without a “certificate of no objection” for contract award.

“According to one of the counts, the money received by Dr. Raymond Dokpesi represents proceeds of criminal conduct of former NSA Colonel Sambo Dasuki, and Shuaibu Salisu who was a director of finance in the office of the National Security Adviser.”

The statement however noted that the charges slammed on Mr. Dokpesi had nothing to do with arms purchase.

Mr. Dokpesi’s family had last week issued a statement saying, the Daar founder never bidded for any contract with either the office of the NSA or Ministry of Defence.

They said his company submitted a proposal for media-related job to former President Goodluck Jonathan, which was approved, executed and paid for through the office of the National Security Adviser.

Raymond Dokpesi
Raymond Dokpesi

Following an interim report released by a presidential committee investigating arms procurement in the last administration, which alleged illegal spending of up to N643.8 billion and a further $2.2 billion, the EFCC set up a special panel to probe how the monies were spent.

The EFCC, in the past weeks, made high profile arrests in connection with the matter.

The investigation is still ongoing and the EFCC says more senior officials of the last administration might be quizzed on the disbursement and spending of the monies.


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  • IG

    waiting for judgement day, we should be expecting a minimum of 20years for each of them.

    • Niyi Akinlabu

      Nothing less.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      On each charges, and not to run CONCURRENTLY

  • Rommel

    I’m not amused by these developments until I see convictions

  • Ashibogu

    Every day for treasury looters one day for Nigerians!

  • Michelle Messi

    Honestly, I would strongly recommend a brain scan for these APC e-zombies. Something is wrong somewhere. They break into ‘praise & worship’ songs over water charges like these..not realising the APC-EFCC is just going through the motions.
    The ONLY comment I see here with a semblance of intelligence is that of @rommel.
    For crying out loud, these are the types of cases from watery charges that drag on for at least 50yrs..then get THROWN OUT of court..and the APC-EFCC FINED FOR WASTING THE COURTS TIME!

    This is so so poor…

    • tundemash

      Mr. PDPig, tell us what kind of charges should have been slammed on these rogues and you want them to walk free ?

  • Mephistoheles

    There needs to be an entity that clandestinely has oversight with regards to the judicial system. Specifically, people that judge and police the judges. Otherwise, the fear of many here will be justified!

    These people have stolen billions in dollars. They can afford to part with a few hundred millions in naira to guarantee their freedom which generally occurs as a slap on the wrist and being asked to pay 10 million naira as penalty.

  • sammyctu ode

    This is to EFCC and the Judge in charge of these cases, Nigerians do not want plea bargains, slap on the wrist jail terms and delays of the various trials. If all these armed robbers are found guilty, Nigerians expect long jail terms of at least 25 years minimum sentence with hard labor and forfeiture of all their assets.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    January 21, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, Nigeria’s ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will be honored by the Diplomatic Circles making him the first African President to receive such honor from the eminent group.While Buhari runs around Nigeria with no clear econmomic vision for the country. Apart from going cap in hand to borrow money from the world bank!

    Jonathan democratic credentials and “upholding human rights in Africa” has been stated as the reason behind the recognition from the Circle.

    He is also expected to deliver the key note address at the event which is the groups annual dinner. The Diplomatic Circle is a group of diplomats from across the globe. We wish him Goodluck with that! Hope Buhari will one day be appreciated as the money borrowed and borrowed without giving a thought to how to pay back with the resources of the Fulani ati Yorubas who control my oil wells.

    • Julius

      The same International community will hand him over when he is indicted !. You will be in here crying and ranting about how the International communities with the Yorubas, Hausas and some of your Biafools cousin conspired to jail him simply because he is an Ijaw man. Your stupidity has no bound !

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        BiaFOOLS? !Na wa oooo! Hehehe (laughing in Egun)

        • Julius

          Ma da won lohun jare. Idiots !.

    • Bejim

      It is high time people stopped celebrating Jonathan. He does not represent the best that South-South could have presented to Nigeria. He was a wasted opportunity. His culpable ineptitude necessitated this unfortunate regress to another Buhari era. History will blame him not only for his own failures (which consist mainly in omissions) but also for those of Buhari whom Nigerians incautiously embraced to spite Jonathan deservedly.

      • Peter

        Who is the best candidate from your place would have replaced Jonathan? Hatred will kill all of you. Would you say that what Buhari is doing today is in any way standard and worthy of emulation. Think today otherwise you will remain enslaved forever by the Fulani.

        • Bejim

          here’s my point: Few Nigerians could have imagined a few years ago that Buhari could be president again in Nigeria. It took only the crass daftness of Jonathan to make it possible. Buhari became a “messiah” only because Jonathan was too much of a disaster. Buhari may turn out to be worse than Jonathan, but then what are his credentials? Jonathan, a Ph.D university teacher, with years of experience in politics – as deputy governor, governor and vice president totally underwhelmed every expectation. Jonathan is the best argument against post-secondary education in Nigeria.

  • Chidinma

    Of the mess we find ourselves in right now, Umar Sani writes:

    Our Northern brothers are now coming out of their cocoon to speak the truth. We have been castigated, maligned and impugned for sounding a note of caution against the election of a desperate man who wanted power for his selfish aggrandizement rather than welfare of the people. The reason why he might be unsuccessful is simple, he has not satisfied the Islamic requirement of not seeking to be leader but allowing people to beckon on you to lead. For me I wanted Jonathan to continue not because he is the best we have in the land but to settle some knotty national questions in our national agenda. Had he won the south south will have for the first time completed a two term rule and will have pacified them for being the goose that lays the golden eggs and it will have reinforced the zeal for patriotism as one indivisible entity called Nigeria. It will have satisfied the yearnings for self determination and will have assuaged the Igbo’s that there will be light at the end of the tunnel for them. What we are witnessing now is the discontent of politicians in the distribution of our collective wealth and the determination to partake in it . Along the way, how the mighty have fallen and we await the final onslaught where the pretentious marriage will crumble and the chicken will come home to roost.

    • Abdullah Musa

      Chidinma.
      You got the Islamic perspective wrong.
      Buhari was drafted into politics by people like Wada Has.
      Having got in, he paid the price of having his mandate stolen.
      He persevered.
      Your aspirations for Igbos duly respected.
      From the rot being uncovered, your Jonathan surely was unfit to govern.
      If you give your cooperation, Buhari will surely make you proud of being Nigerian.

      • Peter

        Northern bigot.

        • Abdullah Musa

          Agba has replied you.
          Be open to new perspectives.

          • Peter

            Hausa/Fulani goat.

          • Abdullah Musa

            It is a pity that foul language is the only way to express yourself.
            What caused this tragedy?

      • Höly Wähala

        Just edit out the Jonathan part and absolve the rest…

        • Abdullah Musa

          Done!

    • agba

      Your post here falls short of a balanced argument from a patriot. Rather it gives you away as one who does not understand the seriousness of what is been discussed, and lacks the intellectual depth to engage others.
      Of what use would it have been if your GEJ had won n Nigeria was no more? Are u implying that sharing of tenures to catch up with other regions should have taken priority over other issues as serious as a gang rape of our economy?
      You have no argument n should go get some rest.

    • Julius

      So, we should have just voted for Jonathan regardless of his performance to pacify the SS ?. Would the SS be satisfied with that ?. Look at the news coming out about how he manage the affairs of the country. Are you proud of that ?. The NSA office under him is reduced into distributing monies for his cronies ?. Be serious sir,no one should be proud of that. People from all over the country lost their lives during the war to make sure the goose will be able to lay that golden eggs. You forgot that fact or just trying to be clever by half. The SS was taken over by force by Ojukwu simply for the oil till the Federal troops liberated them. You ever thought about that ? Let Jonathan complete second term to further ruin the country ?. No sir !. Regardless where he comes from.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        Very senseless comment——–Have the people been found guilty—-when will buhari put Fashola and Amaechi in the dock–For the people of Rivers and the entire SS–there was no way the Fulanis could have defeated the FGN——NOW WAY—bUHARI IS JUST USING JONATHAN TO SCORE CHEAP POLITICAL POINT

        • Höly Wähala

          I would edit out the Jonothing part and swallow the rest… Dumbo was a disaster. Remember what I called him on SR after 6months in office? “A bombing failure”…Hahaha chei, na laff for kalabari!

      • Abdullah Musa

        Thank you, remain blessed.

        • Julius

          Same to you sir, Respect !. We should be able to be truthful to ourselves now and then regardless of where we came from in this country.

          • Abdullah Musa

            Right!
            Have a pleasant evening.

          • Julius

            lolz , you have a pleasant evening..my day is just starting but, thank you !

      • Peter

        Jonathan is seem to be bad because OBJ and his new found allies in APC said so. Jonathan is the best president Nigeria has ever produced. Wait till the next four years and see what Buhari will be. I pray that you will be alive then when he will be torn into shreds. I hope that Buhari will have the strength to withstand the humiliation that will follow his exit. So my friend, rest and watch what will happen with Buhari after his tortuous four-year tenure.

        • Julius

          Seem to be bad ?. Now its somebody else faults. Right ?

        • sanetalk

          I bet you have not heard of the hunter who said he was lying in wait to ambush God. He will wait till eternity and so will you and your group of ill wishers will wait in vain for PMB to fail . With all these revelations about how these people robbed and ruined the nation, it is only people who are bereft of conscience and sense of decency that would have the temerity to speak up for them

        • zizidon

          why are people like this,what abount all the monies stole ,haba best president,i am asking you what about the missing funds

      • Peter

        Reasoning from the anus. I hope you are not day dreaming.

        • Julius

          Thats your response to the facts I posted ?. Typical of you people !. I dont expect anything less.

  • Abdullah Musa

    You spoke for millions my brother.

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    This is indeed,a welcome development.It is better than holding suspects for longer periods in cells and subjecting them to various degrees of sentences in the courts of public opinions.
    We do hope that the secret police and the DSS would respect any further decisions and/orders from the courts.

    • Dan Arewa

      Especially orders to release them and let them run away under the guise of MEDICAL TREATMENT? I know your people are best at that.

      • Tafidan Dogon Daji

        What a clear case of defamation!But we have forgiven you and i plead with you to close all remarks on this.Thank you.

    • yarima

      i hope so

  • BELLO DAN GARKUWA

    THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS AND MILITARY ONLY FOR THEM THEIR FAMILY TO ENJOY TO THE END OF THEIR LIVES. WHAT THEY DID IS UNBELEIVABLE, SHARING NIGERIAN WEALTH LIKE INHERITED MONEY. TOO BAD.

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    Convictions please. Before then, more popcorn.

  • sammyctu ode

    PMB please release Brigadier General kiting and all the remaining soldiers on death row and those who have been convicted for some years because they are innocent souls. They are not the criminals but thesertless dasuki dokpesi Jonathan and the pdp criminals should be the ones that should face the firing squads.

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  • Sir. Tee

    I still stand that due process and rule of law must be strictly observed in the course of any trial and this won’t be exempted

  • Julius

    Respect !

  • Peter

    The hatred you have for Jonathan will kill you one of these days, even as he is being appreciated globally. Let us see the type of recognition Buhari will receive at the end of his tortuous 4 years tenure.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Sadly for you, my friend, I have no room to hate anyone.

      Having said that, I truly detest all the monumental perfidy and heist that Jonathan stood for and is recognised for.

      If you think Jonathan, after all these mind boggling heists of his has been revealed, loves Nigeria, even for a minute, you are on your own.

      Jonathan’s banana skin has been unpeeled and it only exposes a rotten fruit that is of no use to anyone. Hitler was given accolades by his deluded and emasculated people, but it didn’t make him any less evil as history has revealed.

      Jonathan will go down in history as the man who could and should have, but never did.

  • Chidinma

    Of the mess we find ourselves in right now, Umar Sani writes:

    Our Northern brothers are now coming out of their cocoon to speak the truth. We have been castigated, maligned and impugned for sounding a note of caution against the election of a desperate man who wanted power for his selfish aggrandizement rather than welfare of the people. The reason why he might be unsuccessful is simple, he has not satisfied the Islamic requirement of not seeking to be leader but allowing people to beckon on you to lead. For me I wanted Jonathan to continue not because he is the best we have in the land but to settle some knotty national questions in our national agenda. Had he won the south south will have for the first time completed a two term rule and will have pacified them for being the goose that lays the golden eggs and it will have reinforced the zeal for patriotism as one indivisible entity called Nigeria. It will have satisfied the yearnings for self determination and will have assuaged the Igbo’s that there will be light at the end of the tunnel for them. What we are witnessing now is the discontent of politicians in the distribution of our collective wealth and the determination to partake in it . Along the way, how the mighty have fallen and we await the final onslaught where the pretentious marriage will crumble and the chicken will come home to roost

    • Höly Wähala

      Respect! Seking permission to reproduce!

  • MuhammadKabir Wahab

    This is high chief or high thieves. Wonders they say shall never end.Nigerians are now stealing billions, oh my GOD! mama papa oooo these people na thief ooo …. Obenge thief ..AIT AIT- African International Thief [AIT]

  • Henry Shiwe

    God punish Jonathan

  • excel

    The
    blood of the innocents and that of the brave soldiers that died as a result of
    lack of military hardware for our army is calling for nemesis. Thank God power as Change hand.

  • Ike Masha

    Sabotaging the arming of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the time of insurgency and therefore, abating the effectiveness of the Armed Forces and aiding the insurgents thereby, (which in my humble opinion) is treason, should and ought to be added to the charges.
    If I had a relative that lost their life fighting the boko haram while Sambo Dasuki was National Security Adviser, I will sue him and his criminal cohorts for damages.

  • olawale

    It’s time for the corrupt leader to face the trying times.after looting public fund.we are the anti corruption crusader