The All Progressives Congress, APC, has rejected ex-militant leader, Asari Dokubo’s denial of involvement in the $9.3 cash-for-arms scandal between the Nigerian and South African governments.
APC had said Mr. Dokubo was one of two Nigerians arrested in South Africa after he travelled to that country with the huge cash to buy arms, purportedly for the Nigerian government.
The opposition party quoted news reports.
Mr. Dokubo has denied being on the airplane.
The APC said the denial carries no weight until the Nigerian government comes clean on the identity of Nigerians aboard the plane carrying the $9.3 million dollars impounded by the South African government.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said its reaction followed a story published by www.africaneagle.com and www.nairaland.com saying Asari Dokubo was one of the Nigerians aboard the jet that carried the money to South Africa.
”To the best of our knowledge, that report has not been denied over 24 hours later. We therefore contend that Asari Dokubo’s denial of his involvement carries no weight until the government, which has claimed ownership of the funds, tells Nigerians who the two Nigerian citizens – who were in the plane with an Israeli – are.
”We have no business with Asari Dokubo. He can blab all he likes. We have no reason to disbelieve a widely-circulated published report that named him as one of those on the plane. If he now says he was not on the plane, let the government come out and tell Nigerians who and who were on it, it said.
APC wondered why the government has refused, for over three weeks now, to identify the Nigerians who flew on the plane that ferried the money to South Africa, especially after the Israeli who was also on the plane has been named.
”Identifying the Nigerians will help to unravel the circumstances surrounding the whole scandal. It will be interesting to know if the Nigerians are security officials, officials from the office of the NSA who issued the end-user certificate for the transaction or ordinary Nigerians. It will be interesting to know their relationship with the government that qualified them to fly such a huge amount of money to another country without declaring it. It will be interesting to know if they are arms contractors.
”We hope the Jonathan Administration will end its deafening silence on the issue immediately and come clean on the whole scandal,” the party said.