Alleged $2.2billion Arms Deal: EFCC pressuring SSS to hand over Sambo Dasuki for questioning

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

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is putting pressure on the State Security Service to hand over former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to it for interrogation over the ongoing investigation into arms procurement contracts during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Mr. Dasuki was arrested by the SSS on Tuesday after about a month-long siege on his residence in Abuja.

The agency thereafter took him to its headquarters where he has been in detention since then.

The senior lawyer heading the former NSA’s legal team, Joseph Daudu, on Tuesday told PREMIUM TIMES that he was aware the EFCC applied to Justice Adeniyi Ademola to revoke the bail his court granted Mr. Dasuki.

He also said he was aware the application was pending before the court.

But a source at the EFCC told this newspaper that the anti-graft agency was working hard on getting the SSS to release Mr. Dasuki to it for questioning.

“We are working on that angle, whether he would be handed over today or not is what I cannot say with certainty for now,” the source said.

“He is central to the investigation we are doing, and we really want him here. He has loads of questions to answer.”

Another source at the commission said if the SSS insists on not releasing him, operatives of the EFCC might go to the SSS’ office to interrogate the former NSA.

An associate of Mr. Dasuki however told PREMIUM TIMES that the retired colonel is refusing to answer questions put to him by the SSS, insisting he would only speak in the presence of his lawyers or before a court of law.

“They have already indicted him without hearing from him,” said the associate, who asked not to be named for fear he might be victimised by the administration. “So what’s the use asking him questions now? He will only say things in the open.”

One of Mr. Dasuki’s lawyers, Ahmed Raji, told PREMIUM TIMES he was yet to be allowed to see the former NSA.

Mr. Raji however added that he was hopeful of seeing his client Wednesday evening.

“He is with the SSS and they said we would see our client later in the evening,” he said.

The EFCC already has in its custody a media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi; a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa; and a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda and others.

They were all arrested after being indicted by a presidential committee that investigated arms procurement during the last administration.

The committee said about $2.2 billion was diverted to purposes other than arms procurement.

President Buhari had after receiving the interim report of the committee directed all relevant security agencies to arrest all those indicted by the committee.


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  • Diplomatese2015

    EDITOR SIR,

    President BUHARI does not look like a person who was prepared for public office.
    He looks to me like someone who wanted public office for purely selfish reasons and no more.
    His intention is just to sit over Nigeria’s money and to appoint useful idiots to do the hard work.
    But he’s shot himself in the foot by picking his useful idiots from a den of thieves and tarred himself.
    Buhari is more viscerally opposed for looking like a thief than for lacking in thought on reforming Nigeria.

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      You sound like a wino who is stepping up to crack! Find you a job, lazy-goat!

      • ‘keemideje

        @zacchaeusakinleye:disqus

        What did @diplomatese say that is not true or that is very false? I don’t see anything untrue there!

        • zacchaeus Akinleye

          You see nothing wrong in the bloke calling distinguished Nigerians idiots and thieves (without trial/conviction)? You’re probably still in an election hang-over funk with this loser.

          • C.C. Okoh

            Ah, ah. I beg @zacchaeusakinleye:disqus,

            You well so? ICPC announced on 3rd September that Raji Fashola is a thief.
            Today is December 2nd. You now come here to say he is ‘distinguished’ man.
            Are you alright at all? I beg, my brother, go see doctor, you hear, you no well.

          • zacchaeus Akinleye

            Your quasi-illiterate status is torturing your ability to process information and make intelligent observations.ICPC will never call any Nigerian who has not been convicted of a crime a “thief” and chances are great that you’re one.

        • Nwa_Africa

          You will not see because you are blind…………………

  • Historeee

    Editor Premium Times,

    Why Muhammadu Buhari is worse than Goodluck Jonathan……..

    See it this way. Just one example. In mid 2013 Jonathan’s Aviation Minister;
    Stella Oduah was accused in the media. She was accused of corruption. Jonathan sent her a
    query, despite that the accusation was only on internet media. When she answered the query,
    Jonathan set up an administrative panel to investigate. She was found to have violated rules.
    Jonathan thereafter removed her as Minister over ₦225 million Naira false claim. In effect,
    President Jonathan removed his own appointed Minister for corruption over 1/4 of a billion Naira.

    Now, wind forward. Enter Muhammadu Buhari as elected President. Buhari took office on May 29th.
    On the 3rd of September, an anti-corruption federal agency, ICPC, made a public announcement.
    The ICPC said RAJI FASHOLA is to face criminal investigation for stealing; along with Rotimi Amaechi.
    That same month, 30th September, BUHARI announced Fashola and Amaechi as federal Ministers.
    The ICPC probe had not even started when President Buhari truncated it, criminally, to stop the truth.
    Buhari then turned round to say on 3rd October that the two indicted thieves are round pegs he chose.
    After putting his life’s reputation behind FASHOLA and AMAECHI’s heist, Buhari has looked like a thief.
    Between Fashola and Amaechi about 2 TRILLION NAIRA was detected missing and deemed stolen.

    • oleju

      BUHARI’S FATAL ATTRACTION TO STEALING WILL SOON OFFEND

      THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO REACT WITH ANGER AND FURY.

      • short & sharpe

        • Arraign Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the basis of the audit done by the

        statutory FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL evidencing the theft of

        an estimated ₦1.2 TRILLION at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

      • Maika

        Oleju,

        This thing is true. Only thieves can get appointments in Buhari’s government. I have also seen it.
        The trend now is very bad and should be condemned. Buhari is teaching children to be thieves.
        For unless they grow up to reject the Ten Commandments and steal, there will be no job for them.
        Is this the kind of thing the president of a country should be teaching the children in the country?
        Even to book for time to talk to Buhari, it will be faster if you are real thief with track record of loot.
        That is what a very honest man in my neighborhood told me last week or so. I just shook my head.

    • Burning spear

      There is not way u can compare light–as reprsented by GEJ and the luciferic darkness in Buhari–God forbid it!

  • Agbo

    Please, SSS and EFCC should cooperate on this case. No need for turf war. Put Nigeria’s interest first.
    Nigeria’s interest is to get rid of all those who stole the treasury as their private wealth. That’s the issue.
    This Colonel Sambo Dasuki can be interrogated inside SSS prison yard by EFCC. What’s the problem?
    The nonsense by Colonel Dasuki that he won’t answer questions until he gets to court is another offence.
    It carries three years’ imprisonment under the Penal Code. SSS should rush him to court on that one first.
    When he’s convicted for imprisonment in Kuje prison he will then start to answer where Nigeria’s money is.

    • NO NAME

      Look, you people called PREMIUM TIMES i don’t even know the word to use for you

      that is more powerful than criminals. My friend in Onitsha phoned me to click your

      site that i will see BIAFRA there on top. I came now, after clicking i didn’t see BIAFRA.

      Why are you people so bad and wicked? Do you have conscience at all? I don’t think so.

      • Nwa_Africa

        That is because criminals like you cannot hack this site………………………….Loser……………….Tell your terrorist friend that he is a dead pig walking………………….Onye ara na nkwo Nnewi……………………

    • REDEEM

      THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SENSELESS STATEMENTS EVER TO BE MADE BY TEAM BUHARI-IN EFCC-DOES THE LAW ALLOW THE BUHARI GESTAPO-DSS TO PROSECUTE SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION OR TREASONABLE FELONY CASES ATI OTHER SECURITY MATTERS——-? CAN SOMEBODY TELL NIGERIANS WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN THE BRAIN OF BUHARI? ati the apes in APC?Yet a media house armed with certain educated group of Journalists from the Fulani North ati the south west of Nigeria are out publishing such rubbish without helping them out with the Acts that created the two fulani agencies–while another He goat ask them to cooperate over only Allah knows what–The government of Buhari is died dead already! animals

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    American Lawyer Slams President Buhari – An American constitutional lawyer,

    He accused the president of selective anti-corruption war siting the various corruption allegations against former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola and Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Both are now ministers in Buhari’s government.

    Read the full letter below.

    President Muhammadu Buhari
    Aso Rock, Abuja Nigeria

    Dear President Buhari:

    When you visited the United States Institute of Peace last July, you pledged that you would be “fair, just and scrupulously follow due process and the rule of law, as enshrined in [the Nigerian] constitution” in prosecuting corruption.

    Such loftiness is laudable. As the Bible instructs in Amos 5:24: “[L]et justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

    But to be just, the law must be evenhanded. It cannot, in the manner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, be something that is given to punish your enemies and withheld to favor your friends. If so, the law becomes an instrument of injustice bearing earmarks of the wicked rather than the good.

    In the United States, you declared a policy of “zero tolerance” against corruption. You solicited weapons and other assistance from the United States government based on that avowal. But were you sincere?

    During your election campaign, you promised widespread amnesty, not zero tolerance. You elaborated: “Whoever that is indicted of corruption between 1999 to the time of swearing-in would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line, anybody who involved himself in corruption after I assume office, will face the music.”
    After you were inaugurated, however, you disowned your statement and declared you would prosecute past ministers or other officials for corruption or fraud. And then again you immediately hedged. You were reminded of your dubious past by former Major General and President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who succeeded your military dictatorship.

    He released this statement: “On General Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former President. But for the purpose of record, we are conversant with General Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude. He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister. Secondly, he presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, which records we also have.
    We challenge him to come out with clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or we will help him to expose his records of performance during those periods. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. General Buhari should be properly guided.”

    You then swiftly backed off your zero tolerance policy because you would have been its first casualty.
    You opportunistically announced that zero tolerance would be narrowed to the predecessor administration of Goodluck Jonathan because to probe further would be “a waste of time.”

    That conclusion seems preposterous. In 2012, the World Bank’s ex-vice president for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, estimated that a stupendous $400 billion in Nigerian oil revenues had been stolen or misspent since independence in 1960. The lion’s share of that corruption spans far beyond the Jonathan administration.
    Your zero tolerance policy seems to come with a squint to avoid seeing culpability in your political friends. A few examples are but the tip of the iceberg.

    A Rivers State judicial commission of inquiry found that N53 billion disappeared from the Rivers State Reserve Fund under former governor Rotimi Amaechi. Former Lagos governor and head of your campaign finance team Babatunde Fashola was accused ofsquandering N78 million of government money to upgrade his personal website. The EFCC has ignored these corruption allegations, and you have given both promotions: the Ministry of Transport to Mr. Amaechi, and the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing to Mr. Fashola.

    In contrast, you have played judge, jury, and prosecutor in the newspapers to convict former PDP Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke of corruption.

    Is this evenhanded justice?

    United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson taught: “[T]here is no more effective practical guaranty against arbitrary and unreasonable government than to require that the principles of law which officials would impose upon a minority must be imposed generally. Conversely, nothing opens the door to arbitrary action so effectively as to allow those officials to pick and choose only a few to whom they will apply legislation and thus to escape the political retribution that might be visited upon them if larger numbers were affected.”

    To investigate or prosecute based on political affiliation or opinion also violates Articles 2 and 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is unworthy of a great nation like Nigeria.

    Make the hallmark of your administration justice, not retribution, and you may live for the ages.

    I am a United States citizen and lawyer. I have no political standing in Nigeria. Some might argue that my speaking about the administration of justice in Nigeria bespeaks impertinece. But you chose to vist the United States to solicit weapons and other assistance from my government–a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The United States government represents me. What the United States government does reflects on me. I thus have an interest in addressing the actions of foreign governments that receive United States government aid..

    • IG

      You and the American paid PDP lawyer should go and kiss transformer

    • Du Covenant

      Who cares what an American lawyer says or thinks about Nigerian issues?. Do you or any non-American have any input into what goes on in America?.

  • Höly Wähala

    Why are the EFCC suddenly in a hurry to interrogate Col. Sambo Dasuki? They could have gone and arrested him during his House Arrest but instead granted him a week’s request to appear before them which expired with this same EFCC not taking any actions. Let them wait for DSS to conclude their investigation of Dasuki which is geared towards taking him to appear before the presidential committee investigating missing $2.1bn in funds… only afterwards should the EFCC be allowed access to Dasuki. Alternatively, they can go to the Yellow House and interrogate Sambo Dasuki. Afterall, it was Mohammed who went to the mountain… with Dasuki building his mountain of resistance to law enforcement agencies, EFCC may have to go to the Mount Sambo to question the devil. LOL… Hahaha chei!

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    Nigeria is gradually sliding to the era of uncertainties when conventional courts were subjected to a laughing stock.
    I wonder as where Col Dasuki (rtd) would be arraigned after two series of convictions.The FGN has already done one and the public followed suit as a result of sensations by the former.A civilised court granted Dasuki leave to fly over the Atlantic for medical attention but the DSS uses a draconian posture and did otherwise.As since the rule of law is an archive system,so Dasuki will next be arraigned before a Special Military Tribunal.I dey laugh..

    • Ola Awosika

      Know what? Everyone accused of stealing our money should be forced to return the stolen money, and not released to they do so. After the stolen money has been returned to the Nigerian people.
      Then should they be charged to court, then the silly corrupt courts can take 12 years to actually hear the case after numerous injunctions and adjournments, and some lawyers making billions out of the case.
      We are sick and tired of our courts taking 15 yrs to complete a case and then a quitting the thrives.
      Let all of them be dealt with ruthlessly with no mercy.

  • Burning spear

    THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SENSELESS STATEMENTS EVER TO BE MADE BY TEAM BUHARI-IN EFCC-DOES THE LAW ALLOW THE BUHARI GESTAPO-DSS TO PROSECUTE SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION OR TREASONABLE FELONY CASES ATI OTHER SECURITY MATTERS——-? CAN SOMEBODY TELL NIGERIANS WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN THE BRAIN OF BUHARI? ati the apes in APC?

    • Nwa_Africa

      Foo0l you are here again?

    • Tritcall

      1985 brain is working.

  • redeem

    American Lawyer Slams President Buhari – An American constitutional lawyer,

    He accused the president of selective anti-corruption war siting the various corruption allegations against former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola and Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi. Both are now ministers in Buhari’s government.

    Read the full letter below.

    President Muhammadu Buhari
    Aso Rock, Abuja Nigeria

    Dear President Buhari:

    When you visited the United States Institute of Peace last July, you pledged that you would be “fair, just and scrupulously follow due process and the rule of law, as enshrined in [the Nigerian] constitution” in prosecuting corruption.

    Such loftiness is laudable. As the Bible instructs in Amos 5:24: “[L]et justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

    But to be just, the law must be evenhanded. It cannot, in the manner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, be something that is given to punish your enemies and withheld to favor your friends. If so, the law becomes an instrument of injustice bearing earmarks of the wicked rather than the good.

    In the United States, you declared a policy of “zero tolerance” against corruption. You solicited weapons and other assistance from the United States government based on that avowal. But were you sincere?

    During your election campaign, you promised widespread amnesty, not zero tolerance. You elaborated: “Whoever that is indicted of corruption between 1999 to the time of swearing-in would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line, anybody who involved himself in corruption after I assume office, will face the music.”
    After you were inaugurated, however, you disowned your statement and declared you would prosecute past ministers or other officials for corruption or fraud. And then again you immediately hedged. You were reminded of your dubious past by former Major General and President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who succeeded your military dictatorship.

    He released this statement: “On General Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former President. But for the purpose of record, we are conversant with General Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude. He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister. Secondly, he presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, which records we also have.
    We challenge him to come out with clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or we will help him to expose his records of performance during those periods. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. General Buhari should be properly guided.”

    You then swiftly backed off your zero tolerance policy because you would have been its first casualty.
    You opportunistically announced that zero tolerance would be narrowed to the predecessor administration of Goodluck Jonathan because to probe further would be “a waste of time.”

    That conclusion seems preposterous. In 2012, the World Bank’s ex-vice president for Africa, Oby Ezekwesili, estimated that a stupendous $400 billion in Nigerian oil revenues had been stolen or misspent since independence in 1960. The lion’s share of that corruption spans far beyond the Jonathan administration.
    Your zero tolerance policy seems to come with a squint to avoid seeing culpability in your political friends. A few examples are but the tip of the iceberg.

    A Rivers State judicial commission of inquiry found that N53 billion disappeared from the Rivers State Reserve Fund under former governor Rotimi Amaechi. Former Lagos governor and head of your campaign finance team Babatunde Fashola was accused ofsquandering N78 million of government money to upgrade his personal website. The EFCC has ignored these corruption allegations, and you have given both promotions: the Ministry of Transport to Mr. Amaechi, and the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing to Mr. Fashola.

    In contrast, you have played judge, jury, and prosecutor in the newspapers to convict former PDP Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke of corruption.

    Is this evenhanded justice?

    United States Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson taught: “[T]here is no more effective practical guaranty against arbitrary and unreasonable government than to require that the principles of law which officials would impose upon a minority must be imposed generally. Conversely, nothing opens the door to arbitrary action so effectively as to allow those officials to pick and choose only a few to whom they will apply legislation and thus to escape the political retribution that might be visited upon them if larger numbers were affected.”

    To investigate or prosecute based on political affiliation or opinion also violates Articles 2 and 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is unworthy of a great nation like Nigeria.

    Make the hallmark of your administration justice, not retribution, and you may live for the ages.

    I am a United States citizen and lawyer. I have no political standing in Nigeria. Some might argue that my speaking about the administration of justice in Nigeria bespeaks impertinece. But you chose to vist the United States to solicit weapons and other assistance from my government–a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The United States government represents me. What the United States government does reflects on me. I thus have an interest in addressing the actions of foreign governments that receive United States government aid..

    • Nwa_Africa

      Gay foo0l

      • REDEEM

        @wahala look at u –shaemless he goat—tomorrow u will come here and claim u are for BIAFRA———–Is this how u intend to rule in your Biafra-?– Not one Nigeria will ever want to accompany u to your Biafra with this evil mindset of yours—U see red, u turn to red–Yoruba u are Yoruba–Fulani u claim u are Fulani–very unstable regional thoughts as an Ibo man-what is the difference between u and Buhari–if I may ask?- I mean Buhari who does not know his left from his right—-Just out deceiving Nigerians with his lies–ati propaganda—-Where are the evidence against Dasuki—‘ Show them to the world—–Is this not the same Dasuki who escaped with his life under Buhari ati Abacha-? Being witchhunted again by Buhari?-Tell the Fulanis to leave governace alone—-and go attend to their cows-pls

  • Mockme

    If he will only say things in the open, charge him to court let all of us hear him. You want to fight anti-corruption and someone says, “take me to court, let us say it in the open.” I think if you have evidence as you claim, you should be happy to go the court. Or does it mean the SSS is conducting the trial and conviction?

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    @wahala look at u –shameless certificate less he goat—Tomorrow u will come here and claim u are for BIAFRA———–Is this how u intend to rule in your Biafra-?– Not one Nigerian will ever want to accompany u to your Biafra with this evil mindset of yours—U see red, u turn to red–Yoruba u are Yoruba–Fulani u claim u are Fulani–very unstable regional thoughts as an Ibo man-what is the difference between u and Buhari–if I may ask?- I mean Buhari who does not know his left from his right—-Just out deceiving Nigerians with his lies–ati propaganda—-Where are the evidence against Dasuki—‘ Show them to the world—–Is this not the same Dasuki who escaped with his life under Buhari ati Abacha-? Being witch-hunted again by Buhari again?-Tell the Fulanis to leave governance alone—-and go attend to their cows-pls—This article has exposed DSS and EFCC–clear they are under to rule of Buhari——It is the Apes in APC that directs them to harasss Dasuki and not because they any shred of evidence against him-

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    @wahala look at u –shameless certificate less he goat—Tomorrow u will come here and claim u are for BIAFRA———–Is this how u intend to rule in your Biafra-?– Not one Nigerian will ever want to accompany u to your Biafra with this evil mindset of yours—U see red, u turn to red–Yoruba u are Yoruba–Fulani u claim u are Fulani–very unstable regional thoughts as an Ibo man-what is the difference between u and Buhari–if I may ask?- I mean Buhari who does not know his left from his right—-Just out deceiving Nigerians with his lies–ati propaganda—-Where are the evidence against Dasuki—!? Show them to the world—–Is this not the same Dasuki who escaped with his life under Buhari ati Abacha-? Being witch-hunted again by Buhari?-Tell the Fulanis to leave governance alone—-and go attend to their cows-pls—This article has exposed DSS and EFCC-as d most useless security agencies in Nigeria-clear they are under the rule and control of Buhari——It is the Apes in APC that directs them to harasss Dasuki and not because they have any shred of evidence against him-animals