How businessman shared N2.4 billion gotten from Dasuki, witness tells court

FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (NSA), RETIRED COL. SAMBO DASUKI REACTS 

AT THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY WHERE HE IS STANDING TRIAL OVER 

ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF N32BN ARMS FUND IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY (22/1/16). THE CASE 

WAS ADJOURNED TILL FEB. 4 FOR THE HEARING OF THE EX-NSA’S APPLICATION FOR STAY OF 

PROCEEDINGS.
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FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (NSA), RETIRED COL. SAMBO DASUKI REACTS AT THE HIGH COURT OF THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY WHERE HE IS STANDING TRIAL OVER ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF N32BN ARMS FUND IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY (22/1/16). THE CASE WAS ADJOURNED TILL FEB. 4 FOR THE HEARING OF THE EX-NSA’S APPLICATION FOR STAY OF PROCEEDINGS. 0399/22/1/2016/HF/BJO/NAN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 4 presented its first witness, PW1, Umar Bello, in the trial of one Olugbenga Obadina, Chairman and Managing Director, Almond Projects Limited, who is facing an eight-count charge of fraud before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Obadina allegedly collected money to the tune of N2.4 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) for a phony contract.

He was accused of collecting a sum of N2, 417, 000,000.00 (two billion, four hundred and seventeen million naira), through his company’s account in tranches, between 2013 and 2015 from the account of the ONSA without a contract award.

The offence is contrary to Section 15(2), (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

At the commencement of trial on Tuesday, Mr. Bello, an operative of the EFCC, while being led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Aso Larry Peters, told the court how Mr. Obadina, as Chairman, Almond Projects paid over N90 million to one Bamiduro Olaitan, an agent, to arrange local and international travels for him.

According to him, “a petition was received by the Commission from the Office of the National Security Adviser dated 28th November, 2016 and was assigned to Special Task Force Team 2, for investigation.”

Mr. Bello stated that the ONSA petition requested the EFCC to investigate 78 companies that received payments from it without any contractual agreement or contact award.

“Almond Project Limited was one of the companies and our investigation revealed that they received N1.553 billion and 2 million dollars”, he added.

The witness also told the court that letters of investigation were sent to banks, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), ONSA, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and parties were also invited for interview.

According to him, responses from banks were received and analysed to see how funds were received and utilized. He said that, investigation revealed that the defendant (Obadina), who is a representative of Almond Project, received more than the amount mentioned in the petition.

“When Obadina was invited to explain the transaction, he said there was a Solar Power Project in Yobe State that he was supposed to execute on behalf of the ONSA and that the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, had given him the 1000 megawatts Solar project to execute”, Mr. Bello stated.

He further told the court that the claim was investigated, but the reply from the ONSA showed that the contract did not exist and payments received by Almond Projects according to the mandate from ONSA, were for renovation of office, supply of equipment and consultancy services.

“The Special Services Office under the OSGF said they had no evidence of the contract, but payments were made based on approvals given by the former NSA,” Mr. Bello added.

The witness also told the court how utilization of the said funds were converted to personal use by the defendant, Mr. Obadina.

“He made payments to his family, friends and associates, paid salaries, office rent and accommodation, paid for travels, bought shares, made payments for loans he took from banks, bought a vehicle (Mercedes Benz), converted money to dollars and made transfers to foreign accounts.

“The defendant also made transfers of over N37 million to his wife and over N271 million to self, with N205 million in property which he later sold and disposed the proceeds”, Bello narrated.

Thereafter, the prosecuting counsel told the court that he had some documents he would like to tender after filing the additional proof of evidence in the course of the trial.

The case has been adjourned to November 23 and 24 for continuation of hearing.


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  • Shahokaya

    ATM Dasuki ordered to be release by Ecowas court sitting in Abuja. We need to know the credit card the judge used to do his own withdrawal from the Dasuki vending machine.

    • raji

      It means all bokoharam been detained by government should be release because there is no different between Dasuki and bokoharam boys.

    • Julius

      Their order is not bidding. The FGN should ask the Ecowas court to refund the monies that Dasuki distributed out for nothing.

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  • George

    Same old stories everyday.

    When the fools rules confusion become the order of the day.

    • Concerned Nigeriana

      @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

      Goodluck Ebele Jonathan could not have been aware that Chibok girls were kidnapped.

      His National Security Office had long been converted into a bureau de change for dealers.

      Anytime he wakes up for the rest of his life Goodluck Jonathan will sorrow for his lustful greed.

      He could have remained president of the republic until 2019 if he were not wheeling in thefts.

      But he chose financial crimes with Sambo Dasuki and watched his mother packed out of Aso Villa.

      • share Idea

        Just like Buhari was not aware when Nigeria slipped into recession because is obsessed with Niger Delta oil.

        When can you confused president settled down and govern? Government that gave a clean bill clean slate for chief of army staff with proven assets acquired with state money is busy shouting on rooftop that he is fighting corruption.

  • Keen Observer

    @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus Very CORRECT my brother George. When I read such stories about my country Nigeria & fellow Nigerians I feel nauseating. Few privileged ones bcos of their link to power brokers in Abuja & Lagos handled billions of Naira as if playing with toys when thousands of people are being slaughtered by Boko Haram in the North & struggling very hard to make ends meet in other parts of Nigeria.
    I just cannot fathom what was actually wrong with the likes of Dasuki, Nkojo Iweala & GEJ. All these happening & there was no one checking their activities?
    GEJ & his PDP govt are indeed CLUELESS, PRODIGAL & VAGABONDS in corridors of power, worst than the common armed robbers on the streets at night. And should be treated in same way after their exited

  • Kamalu

    These narratives are confounding in a country where 80% of citizens live as paupers. Tale after tale, it was merry go round when the shoeless clueless Otuoke clown was on the rostrum.

  • usman

    Strictly Dead penalty will be the most appropriate/effective 2 reduce such nonsense in d country.