The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned ex-National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, ex-Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir before an Abuja High Court.
According to the EFCC, the accused are to stand trial over fresh charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
The charges were being read at Court 24 of the FCT High court, Abuja, at the time of this report.
The anti-graft agency had on Monday charged Dasuki, a former Director of Finance at the Office of National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu; a former General Manager at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Aminu Babakusa; a former Senior Special Assistant, Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamowei Dudafa, now at large; and two firms, Acacia Holdings and Reliance Hospitals before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The accused persons were arraigned on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
Meanwhile, as details of alleged huge funds disbursed by the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki continue to surface, indications emerged last night that the embattled security czar is set to expose more top Nigerian leaders who benefited from the funds.
According to the source close to the former NSA, it had become necessary for Dasuki to expose the first in the series of the top beneficiaries, which include former heads of state and presidents, who were bought bullet-proof Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) by the ONSA with funds approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Although Dasuki is keeping the names of the beneficiaries of the car gifts to himself, the source told Vanguard that he was ready to spill the beans at the appropriate time, saying that the list will shock Nigerians.
According to the Dasuki aide, all the former presidents and heads of state got one exotic car from the embattled NSA and did not find out the source of the funding.
The officer explained that of all the former presidents, one of them who has been very vociferous demanded two of the SUVs from the ONSA, who grudgingly obliged him.
The former head of state, it was gathered, had explained to Dasuki that he needed one of the vehicles to be kept for him in Abuja and another to be stationed in Lagos to ease his movement to the two main Nigerian cities.
The officer however refused to give the cost of the exotic cars bought for the former heads of state and president, saying that the details could be obtained from the ONSA.
“What is coming will shock Nigerians and many of them will get to know if indeed Dasuki used the money to enrich himself as being bandied in many quarters. As a law-abiding NSA, he had to carry out the instructions handed over to him by the Presidency and nothing more,” the aide said.
“It is also instructive to note that those who are now blaming Dasuki for carrying out his assigned duties and calling for his head actually benefitted immensely from the security vote, which was domiciled in his office. The truth of the matter is that all over the world security votes are used for various reasons to bring about national peace and stability and Dasuki could not have done otherwise,” his aide said.
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