Arms deal: Ex-military chiefs offer to refund contract sums
â€¢EFCC may seize Dasukiâ€™s, othersâ€™ assets
â€¢Targets mansions in Abuja, Kaduna
â€¢One top Nigerian, two Israeli suspects sneak out
There were indications last night that some of the
former military chiefs and military officers under
investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) have volunteered to refund
some money for jobs undone.
A source privy to the activities of the Special
Investigative Committee said: â€œAbout four of such
former officers have offered to make refunds. I
think Dasuki does not know the extent to which the
panel had gone in probing the arms deals.
â€œWhen the case gets to court, Nigerians will
appreciate the depth of the investigation by the
In line with its enabling Act of Parliament, EFCC
may seize the assets of a former National Security
Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and some ex-military
chiefs allegedly involved in the N644 billion arms
The anti-graft commission may invoke temporary
assets forfeiture clause as part of the ongoing
probe of the arms procurement.
It was learnt that three suspects, including a top
Nigerian and two Israelis, have sneaked out of the
country to escape arrest.
It was also gathered that some former service
chiefs have offered to return votes meant for failed
A reliable source said: â€œThe EFCC may invoke
Assets Forfeiture clause to seize the properties of
Dasuki and other Service Chiefs who allegedly
diverted or misappropriated funds meant for arms
procurement in line with sections 28 and 34 of the
EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of
the Federal High Court Act, 2004.
â€œSection 28 reads: â€˜Where a person is arrested for
an offence under this Act, the Commission shall
immediately trace and attach all the assets and
properties of the person acquired as a result of
such economic or financial crime and shall
thereafter cause to be obtained an interim
attachment order from the Court.â€™
â€œWe have appreciable list of assets in Abuja,
Kaduna, Lagos and Port Harcourt to be attached.
One of the affected officers built two mansions in
Kaduna and Abuja under six months.
â€œA Service Chief is also being investigated for
allegedly acquiring a property of the late first
Civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye
As at the time of filing this report, three key
suspects in the procurement process were alleged
to have sneaked out of the country.
Another source said: â€œThe government may appear
to have been hard on Dasuki because three
suspects implicated in the arms deal have sneaked
out of the country. The suspects, including a top
Nigerian and two Israelis, were rated as closer to
â€œWherever they are, we will repatriate them
accordingly. With the cooperation of some
countries, there is no hiding place for any suspect.
â€œThis is one of the reasons why the Federal
Government does not want Dasuki to travel out for
â€œThe Department of State Security Service(DSS) was
proactive in placing one of the suspects on
surveillance but the recourse to court made the
affected culprit to leave the country.
â€œAnother factor is that the cases against the ex-NSA
are many and the government cannot say because
of an isolated matter, he should be allowed to go
abroad. What if he does not return to the country?â€
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