We did not receive any money from Dasuki – Nigerian Editors

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

As the $2.1 million arms fund controversy continues to rage, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, said it never received any money from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The National President of the body, Garba Deen Mohammed, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Following the controversy generated by the N50 million donated to the body by former President, Goodluck Jonathan, the NGE president said it was necessary to clarify the circumstances surrounding donation.

According to him, the NGE had on April 10, 2015, held a fundraising dinner at the Transcorps Hilton Hotel, Abuja, to raise N850m for the construction of a befitting secretariat in Abuja, to be called The Editors Plaza.

“It was a public event, attended by several dignitaries among them federal cabinet ministers, state governors and captains of industry or their representatives,” said the NGE president.

“Former President Goodluck Jonathan was invited to the event at which he was represented by the former Minister of Information and National Orientation Mr. Labaran Maku.

“At the event, Mr. Maku, among other donors, publicly pledged N50million as the federal government’s contribution towards the building project. Indeed the announcement of this donation has been on the website of the NGE since April 12, 2014; and is still there for those who may wish to verify.”

Shortly after the event, he said the Federal Government redeemed its pledge through a direct fund transfer into the Zenith Bank account of the NGE.

He stated categorically that neither Femi Adesina, who was the president of the Guild at the time nor any other official of the body collected cash from the government.

Mr. Muhammed further said the funds the NGE collected during the fundraiser have so far been invested in two projects.

These include the purchase of a property at No. 24, Mojidi Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja-Lagos which has been named “The Editors House,” and payment of compensation, clearing and fencing of a 5, 600 square meter piece of land at Guzape, Abuja, which is the site of the proposed Editors Plaza.

Continuing, he said, “In Lagos, we have since commissioned a team of engineers and architects for the purpose of renovating the property, a twin duplex, preparatory to our moving in hopefully in the first quarter of 2016; while in Abuja, we have already commenced the process of obtaining a building permit from the authorities of the FCT preparatory to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Editors Plaza building later in the year 2016.

“It is regrettable that an earlier statement by the Guild on the anti-corruption war of the government of President Mohammadu Buhari may not be unconnected with recent attempts to drag the Guild into a matter in which it has no case to whatsoever to answer.”

Mr. Mohammed thanked Nigerians, friends of the NGE, its founding fathers and media organisations that called to check out the claim that the body received part of the $2.1 million arms funds.

He assured the public that the NGE would continue to remain a responsible and accountable professional group.

The president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, Nduka Obaigbena, had on Monday suggested that the NGE collected N50 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Mr. Obaigbena, who is also chairman and editor-in-chief of Thisday newspaper, revealed this in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, dated December 30, 2015.

The EFCC had last December invited the NPAN president in connection with the ongoing probe into the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund allegedly misappropriated by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Dasuki, alongside some top officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, and other former senior officials are currently being investigated for allegedly receiving the arms fund.

In his letter to the EFCC, Mr. Obaigbena explained that it was not only his company and NPAN that received funds from the ONSA, saying the NGE also received money for its secretariat complex.

While the Nigerian Guild of Editors has called for the probe of the arms procurement scam, the NPAN president indicated that the editors also collected N50 million cash from Mr. Dasuki’s office.

“Even when he (Dasuki’s aide) suggested that The Nigerian Guild of Editors – NGE – who are now calling for a probe – was paid N50,000,000 cash by the ONSA when President Jonathan donated to the building of the NGE secretariat, I still refused to collect cash,” Mr. Obaigbena said.

“And in any case, I had no independent confirmation the Nigerian Guild of Editors had collected cash.”

Mr. Obaigbena argued that there was no way NPAN could have known which subhead the funds were paid from.

He argued that the media practitioners could not know or speculate which line item the spending was made from by the ONSA.

The NGE‎ had some weeks ago issued a statement urging the federal government to thoroughly investigate the controversial payments made to Mr Obaigbena, a call that appeared to have irked the Thisday publisher.

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  • Akiika

    Over to you wailers!

    • Burning Spear

      @wahala behave like an Ibo man which u are-And-stop acting like one of the Fulani cowhands-the helped in the kidnap of Falae-in Ondo State -Did your Editor friends working for the Apes in APC now, not collect the 50m from Jonathan? The answer is Yes they did–So why are they trying to decieve us with this long dogo turenchi- about how theÿ spent the money-?—– Did we ask the Editors to account for the 50m?–Same as the father of the Nation newspapers ati the Sun all of them thieves–That is Tinubu ati Orji Kalu!-They foolishly returned the 9m Adesina the former Editor of an Ibo mans newspaper—the Sun urged Dasuki to pay to the owners of the newspapers–following the raid of their papers by Fulani soldiers-in Lagos–Instead of allowing them to go to court-Dasuki decided to settle out of court with them,.-Now the same owners of newspapers whom Adesina pleaded with Dasuki for, to pay compensation to them, are returning the 9m they happily collected from Jonathan–Sadly Adesina is Yoruba–like Obj—-friends today enemies tomorrow–working for Buhari———That is the Yoruba man for u-Separation is the only answer—instead of residing in the same bonded whorehouse with these hypocrites ati parasites—–let my people go–now that crude oil is less than 5 cents–animals

  • Izon Redeemer

    It is really sad that the ever (moaning mourners) among the Editors of National Dailies, currently being settled by their new pay master d Buharimice-from APC, are now behaving like the man who broke the clay pot he used in cooking-at the village square-(Chop Broke pot). So that others after him, would not be able to have any pot with which to prepare their meals again-in d village-Greed is the trouble of these Editors—a National disgrace—–to the ethics of the Journalism profession-in general–Adesina was the man who advised Dasuki to pay compensation to owners of newspapers-unknwon to many of us———–But he is denying Dsuki his friend b4!–The truth of this childish matter is that, the NGE, did in fact receive 50m from Gej.Whether the money was collected from the purse of Dasuki-or the lying tongue of the emir of Kano ati El Rufai–is neither here nor there—–What matters is that they did collect 50m from the govt of GE ati Dasuki—See 9jas do not care if the money came via a cheque or cash!- All we know is that they did COLLECT 50m from Gej! Sad that Buhari is trying to lie his way through the hearts and minds of 9jas, with this fake Dasuki issue–which the Apes in APC are doing all to turn into another Chibok girls palaba!–Filled with lies–all designed to divert attention from the economic short comings of Buhari ati the Apes in APC–what a shame–!—-Sadly this is what happens when the fulanis ati yorubas are in power!!! The masses suffer-untold hardship–regardless of appeals from their imperialist Masters in IMF–animals-

  • Izon Redeemer

    It is really sad that the ever (moaning mourners) among the Editors of National Dailies, currently being settled by their new pay master d Buharimice-from APC, are now behaving like the man who broke the clay pot he used in cooking-at the village square-(Chop Broke pot). So that others after him, would not be able to have any pot with which to prepare their meals again-in d village-Greed is the trouble of these Editors—a National disgrace—–to the ethics of the Journalism profession-in general–Adesina was the man who advised Dasuki to pay compensation to owners of newspapers-unknwon to many of us———–But he is denying Dasuki his friend b4!–The truth of this childish matter is that, the NGE, did in fact received 50m from Gej.Whether the money was collected from the purse of Dasuki-or the lying tongue of the emir of Kano ati El Rufai–is neither here nor there—–What matters is that they did collect 50m from the govt of GEJ ati Dasuki—See 9jas do not care if the money came via a cheque or cash!- All we know is that they did COLLECT 50m from Gej! Sad that Buhari is trying to lie his way through the hearts and minds of 9jas, with this fake Dasuki issue–which the Apes in APC are doing all to turn into another Chibok girls palaba!–Filled with lies–all designed to divert attention from the economic short comings of Buhari ati the Apes in APC–what a shame–!—-Sadly this is what happens when the fulanis ati yorubas are in power!!! The masses suffer-untold hardship–regardless of appeals from their imperialist Masters in IMF–animals-

  • Burning Spear

    @wahala behave like an Ibo man which u are-And-stop acting like one of the Fulani cowhands-the helped in the kidnap of Falae-in Ondo State -Did your Editor friends working for the Apes in APC now, not collect the 50m from Jonathan? The answer is Yes they did–So why are they trying to decieve us with this long dogo turenchi- about how theÿ spent the money-?—– Did we ask the Editors to account for the 50m?–Same as the father of the Nation newspapers ati the Sun all of them thieves–That is Tinubu ati Orji Kalu!-They foolishly returned the 9m Adesina the former Editor of an Ibo mans newspaper—the Sun urged Dasuki to pay to the owners of the newspapers–following the raid of their papers by Fulani soldiers-in Lagos–Instead of allowing them to go to court-Dasuki decided to settle out of court with them,.-Now the same owners of newspapers whom Adesina pleaded with Dasuki for, to pay compensation to them, are returning the 9m they happily collected from Jonathan–Sadly Adesina is Yoruba–like Obj—-friends today enemies tomorrow–working for Buhari———That is the Yoruba man for u-Separation is the only answer—instead of residing in the same bonded whorehouse with these hypocrites ati parasites—–let my people go–now that crude oil is less than 5 cents–animals……..

    • Höly Wähala

      HaHaHa… Deri, wetin be “dogo turenchi” biko?

      • Burning spear

        truth your palas in the media collected 50m awoof oil money buhari 300,000—–at 5 vehicles thieves

  • Proud Yoruba

    Still, the NGE receiving 50 million from FG is not a good thing at all, smacks of influence peddling, bribery, and corruption. If other organizations didn’t have this kind of access to public funds and this did not follow due process, it is still misappropriation of public funds on Govt. side and receiving stolen goods on the guild’s side.

    This Jonathan is just too evil, he destroys everything he touches, this man is going to take half of Nigeria down with him. Buhari better start building prisons!!

    • share Idea

      I thought your type said Dasuki was sharing money to PDP members for campaign, it is now obvious that NSA security votes were been used by FG and not what Buhari have made gullible people like you to believe.

      • BigMa

        Where did you draw your inference from?

      • Julius

        What da hell are you talking about ?. The story said the president sent a representative to the fund raising even where he made a contribution. Where did the story said the money came from NSA office or account ?

      • absam777

        You are an illiterate. You can’t read simple English. Do you want them to write it in Igbo language for you? Anuofia

  • blow fissh

    This is a better defense by NGE than the junk SaharaReporters published. This Somoye guy and his editors/contributors must be smoking something for some of his short cut to the public publication

    • Julius

      Yet, you keep coming in here reading SR and posting comments. I guess you are smoking something as well.

  • Media Watch

    Premium Times owes Nigeria a duty. The sole question it must unravel for history is as follows:

    • Did the Nigerian Guild of Editors collect
    the ₦50million in cash as narrated by NDUKA
    OBAIGBENA – which will implicate the Editors
    in criminal violation of money-laundering law; or, did President Jonathan
    authorize a direct money transfer (whatever that means) into the bank account
    of the Nigerian Guild of Editors – which will implicate GOODLUCK JONATHAN in
    criminal violation of public service financial regulations?

    Either way someone is going to jail here, because a crime shall have been committed either way.
    This matter can no longer be swept under the carpet following the narrative by the Guild of Editors.
    So far we can all agree that Nduka Obaigbena is correct up to the point that the Editors got ₦50 million.
    Whether that money came from Colonel Sambo Dasuki can’t credibly be denied by the Guild of Editors.
    That’s because in a direct money transfer the Editors would not know who exactly transferred the money.

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  • Chuks

    Nduka Obaigbena’s level of greed with money is not found in any literature or archive. He is a scammer who wants to splash the mud of corruption to stain others. How are we sure he did not arrange the bombing at ThisDay Abuja branch?

    • rdeeem

      happily u are an Ibo man like nduka

      • True Nigerian

        You ethnic bigot. Every tribe and tongue has some criminals. In Nigeria’s case, the reason the big criminals always get away is because they have managed to manipulate ethnic bigots like you.

        If Chuks is an Igbo man who is honest and patriotic enough to tell a thief that the thief is a thief regardless of his tribe, then Chucks is a million times better than ethnic bigots like you who would celebrate thieves if the thieves are from your ethnic group.

        • absam777

          I agree with you Chuks is a honourable man and better than Redeem a fair- weather poster.

      • Manuel Tobby

        I think you should praise chuks for rising above ethnicity to comment!

      • Julius

        Chucks is making sense. His comment is not ethnic , when he does, we will jump on the brother. Not this one. He is a Nigerian right now..lolz

      • Chuks

        You are silly. When my age mates are presidents in their countries, I would be here singing ethnic songs to favour an irresponsible scammer like Nduka, what for? Anuofia

  • absam777

    I said it before that Nduka’s splash of mud to cover the blood stain will get him into more trouble. His newspaper, ThisDay even refused to publish my post. He should have done the honourable thing and refund the money like every other publishing house ( another post This Day refused to publish) The guy has a case to answer. 2days maximum to sweat it out at the EFCC,

    • kinsly

      Thisday blocked my ID, can’t post there anymore. This day for long has been a criminal organisation.

    • Nkem

      Thisday newspaper has become neck deep in this scam from their publisher to some editors/columnists to the reporters and down to their web administrators. During the campaign these guys all got paid to either twist news stories, kill stories completely or rig their online comments platform. The fact that they are still doing it shows that they are still being actively funded with proceeds of the Jonathan/Dasuki fund. The EFCC should as a matter of urgency turn its searchlight on that rouge THISDAY house of fraud.

  • Burning Spear

    DasukiGate: EFCC Awaits Buhari To Approve Olisa Metu’s Release. We Have Finished Questioning Him: – EFCC.

    The officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) as at 7:42pm this evening, confirmed that Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP spokesman has finished answering all questions on the allegations and made a statement to that effect, and declared that they are waiting for directives from President Buhari to release him or not.

    Olisa Metuh’s statement to EFCC was short – 2 pages. He said former president Goodluck Jonathan called him and gave him an assignment. That he carried out the assignment perfectly well, reported back to the former president who was satisfied with job done.
    That former president directed he should give an account for which the job can be funded and he gave his company account. That he disbursed all monies to those it was meant for but will not give details until he is charged to court. That if the EFCC has any case they should charge him to court. He is ready to defend himself. That he transferred N400m for the job and he disbursed it to the last kobo and the funds has nothing to do with the said Arms purchase funds.

    Asked for a copy of the report, Olisa said its for his personal records he will not give EFCC but will present it in court. They asked Olisa to make additional statement, he declined and said they should use force if they want him to.

    Olisa Metuh is set for Court. It’s now over to EFCC for next move, He has refused to drink water or eat food. They asked him, his reply: “Do you people want to poison me?”.
    EFCC is waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari who now act as EFCC head, Police, Judge and Prison office to decide whether to detain Oilsa or lock him up until Bayelsa election.

    • kinsly

      Mumu liar like you. Always jumping àround with fake news… Shame on you.

    • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

      Were you there when he was been interrogated? He must surely vomit our yam.

      • Damilola

        Gbam!!! We ask intellect questions and decide to use our reason ability only when it suits us. What this man is saying now I’ve not heard or read it from any media, so the credibility is scanty. You same man that suggested this wisely went on to call the “accused” to vomit your yam. What yam? Which court has listened to this man to pronounce such on him? Another baffling issue is the”one EFCC source” that has been feeding us revelations since the commencement of this persecution. How do we hold him accountable and responsible?Where is the evidence? The same evidence we need from this fellow to be sure he’s sane in his assumption here. Have any of us calling for the head of these people seen their Statements paper? Danlandi’s errand boy statement was made public, in fact I av the copy on my phone, where is that of these people we’re cajoled to stone before prosecution? We shud just be careful here so we don’t become a cheap dumb prey of some guys who believe they’re smart enough to manipulate us all. It will be to our detriment, either they jail these people or not, it has no effect on us whatsoever. Ibori is in UK jail today, how has that change a our life. Corruption shud be fought, but diligently with the right motive and programmes to make it effective in the lives of the common man on the street. What policies then do we point at in this govt that suggests that? Just mention one. Is it that ones these people are convicted our sorrows are gone? It’s a pay back, that’s their headache, the masses shud be careful

    • Chuks

      Metuh can poison himself for all I care. We must get back our money dead or alive. Nonsense. President gave you a verbal assignment, you responded verbally and he was satisfied and paid you more than your whole life income? Refund the money and lower yourself to your grave, Anuofia.

      • jude L/A USA

        You are on point bro.

  • favourtalk

    Don’t worry, just wait for few days when EFCC will be inviting you, you will confess when you get there those are the ones that have all the record of all the yam eaters during GEJ times you will be accountable for what and all you received. We are no more under clueless government

  • Peter_Edo

    i can never post on thisday.

    • absam777

      ThisDay is a fortunato newspaper. Nduka’s financial racketing source has dried up. Expect death of the paper.

  • IZON Redeemer

    It is really sad that the ever (moaning mourners) among the Editors of National Dailies, currently being settled by their new pay master d Buharimice-from APC, are now behaving like the man who broke the clay pot he used in cooking-at the village square-(Chop Broke pot). So that others after him, would not be able to have any pot with which to prepare their meals again-in d village-Greed is the trouble of these Editors—a National disgrace—–to the ethics of the Journalism profession-in general- They launched an Appeal fund–and Jonathan came to their aid–Now they turn it into war with the man who gave them the money–lying all over the place–sadly most of them are Yorubas and Fulani editors—Adesina was the man who advised Dasuki to pay compensation to owners of newspapers-unknown to many of us———–But he is denying Dasuki his friend b4 today–The truth of this childish matter is that, the NGE, did in fact receive 50m from Gej.Whether the money was collected from the purse of Dasuki-or the lying tongue of the emir of Kano ati El Rufai–is neither here nor there—–What matters is that they did collect 50m from the govt of GEJ ati Dasuki—See 9jas do not care if the money came via cheque ATM machine or cash!- All we know is that they did COLLECT 50m from Gej! Sad that Buhari is trying to lie his way through the hearts and minds of 9jas, with this fake Dasuki issue–which the Apes in APC are doing all to turn into another Chibok girls palaba!–Filled with lies–all designed to divert attention from the economic short comings of Buhari ati the Apes in APC–what a shame–!—-Sadly this is what happens when the fulanis ati yorubas are in power!!! The masses suffer-untold hardship–regardless of appeals from their imperialist Masters in IMF–animals-

    • Shetty

      Hehehe ! are you a comedian or just trying to be funny

  • Julius

    Now what would the folks calling for the arrest of Mr Adesina say about this revelation ?. The folks that were ranting based on what a thieve like Nduka was saying trying to cover his ass. Here we have it guys.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    No one has ever accused the NGE of collecting any money. This was just vintage Obaigbena. He knows how to muddle up the waters.

  • Burning spear

    Sadly 99.9 percent of the said money went to the Fulanis ati Yorubas in the North and south west of Edo state—-ati the Ibo speaking areas of asaba—————–what a shame!———————Not one Ijaw man has so far been mentioned by the lying tongue of Buhari—in the creeks of the Niger delta——————————–In spite of the fact that Jonathan is Ijaw———————————–See how the Ijaws operate—-hate their people like hell————-? I asked for the sack of Dasuki long before now—He it was who killed Jonathan————-who destroyed the victory of Jonathan at the polls———So let Buhari grind his skulll in powder if he likes-who cares???????—————-Are they not both Fulanis??????————-when will they let my people go sha????????

    Besides, Prof Yakubu whom Buhari appointed as Chairman of INEC, cashed N850 million approved by their predecessors to mobilise a plastics chair manufacturer, Intermarkets Nigeria Limited. The company was to produce 70,000 units of chairs and tables for school children. having earlier manufactured for UBEC under Phase 1 of the project.

    Interestingly, over five years after another N850 million was drawn for Phase 2 of the manufacturing contract, Intermarkets is still waiting to be mobilised. Yet Buhari who appointed Prof Yakubu as Chairman of INEC claims to be fighting corruption—What about Damnbazua who stole over 2b from the Army—–Amaechi 58b–Fashola 4 trillion—-Fayemi 49b——-Col Ali of Customs Nko who aided in hanging Ken Saro Wiwa-nko—Buhari himself collected over 300,000 doallras from Dasuki ati 5 vehicles——————Is that the type of thief to fight corruption in Nige