Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Of Dasuki, memory loss and $2.1 billion fraud charge, By Fredrick Nwabufo

By News Express on 14/11/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,073

•Fredrick Nwabufo
•Fredrick Nwabufo

 

Before I go into the meat of this article, let me state this for the record: The case of Col Sambo Dasuki (retd), former National Security Adviser (NSA), will become one of Nigeria’s unsolved mysteries. His trial will become a poltergeist of how power is exacted for submission and not for justice. It will become an inscrutable patch of history, and of government’s confusion.

Dasuki has been on trial for two years. When President Muhammadu Buhari’s government took off, its first assignment was to probe the Office of the National Security Adviser, and the armed forces.  After months of thudding investigations, the government released a report alleging that $2.1 billion was magicked from the treasury for, bogus arms purchase by the office of the NSA.

The Department State Service (DSS) whisked Dasuki into custody and filed a charge of illegal possession of firearms and money-laundering against him, at a Federal High Court in Abuja. This particular charge was filed in 2015. But the case is gasping for breath in court.

Also, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a multi-billion naira charge of financial fraud against the former NSA in 2016, at the Federal Capital Territory High Court. But the case, like the other one, sputters like a jalopy, in court. The DSS has refused to release him to face the trial.

It is really stupefying that the case is snarling up in court. I would have expected the government to act with dispatch, since the former NSA is a suspect of importance. Oddly, it is the government - Dasuki’s “house-master” - that is putting a wedge in his trial. In addition, it is clear that the government is not really concerned about the enormity of Dasuki’s alleged offence, but about “keeping him out of circulation.” He may be guilty or innocent of the charges against him, but he is already doing time in a DSS cell.

However, I find it perplexing, Dasuki’s claim of “memory loss” in the N400 million trial of Olisa Metuh, former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This claim is absurd. It is simple, he either admits that he approved the release of the funds to Metuh, or he confutes the former PDP spokesman’s claim that he did. I think the former NSA may be trying to game the court by this stunt. Or, is he so dazed by the amounts of money his office released that he cannot recall this particular transaction?

I had expected Dasuki to give some explanation of how funds for arms purchase allegedly ended up in the PDP campaign till. Nigerians deserve to know. It was a perfect opportunity for the former NSA, who has come under a blitz of accusations, to get his own side of the story into the public space.

I believe Nigerians were expecting fecundating disclosures from a man who has been accused of gross financial malevolence, but has said little or nothing in his own defence. I hope he puts citizens out of this “misery” on Friday when he appears in court again.

In conclusion, government prosecutors and the court must pace up in bringing closure to trials linked to the $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal. Nigerians deserve a denouement to this drama.

•Nwabufo, was former Abuja Bureau Chief of TheCable.ng; Facebook: Fredrick Nwabufo, Twitter: FredrickNwabufo.

Source News Express

Posted 14/11/2017 12:07:41 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Midnight fire kills 8 family members in ex-minister’s...

Fallout of Dubai wedding: Will they BOYCOTT Tuface’s...

Jos Wildlife Park buys lion, jackals, python

Jonathan reshuffles cabinet

Obasanjo backs Buhari over ultimatum on Boko Haram...

Hate Speech redefined

Danjuma calls for national integration, bags title alongside...

FG has clear economic plan: Minister

Agency moves to check smuggling of genetically modified...

Ekweremadu laments surprise police raid of Abuja house...

Senate summons NSA, security chiefs over Chibok girls...

Osun Rerun: Police arrest 16 PDP members with...

 

Latest News EFCC releases photos of properties allegedly owned by Fayose 2019: Ohanaeze youths plan 2 million-man march for Atiku/Obi Presidency Panic as foreign spies abduct 8 Cameroonians in Calabar UNILAG to screen fresh students for drugs Atiku donates N10m to families of victims of Abia pipeline explosion Delta: Okowa presents N367.09 billion budget proposal for 2019 fiscal year Ugwuanyi inaugurates action committee on Enugu Airport upgrade Gunmen kill policemen, civilian in Kaduna 2019: CUPP begins search for consensus candidate BRISIN Recruitment: FG opens new portal Ezeife throws weight behind Obi as Atiku’s running mate All set for GOCOP second annual conference

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (407,046 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (382,537 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (314,902 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (257,154 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,514 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,346 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,161 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,649 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,240 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (165,922 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,548 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,329 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (67) Business & Economy (3,684) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (946) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (559) Features (659) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,537) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,691) Opinion (1,124) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,260) Religion (881) Sports (1,731) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement