Monday, 11 January 2016

$2.1bn Arms Deal: EFCC To Invite Anenih, Falae, Ladoja, Yankassai, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) may soon invite some prominent Nigerians whose names feature prominently on the list of those who benefited from the $2.1billion arms deal.A source close to the ant-graft agency confided
in LEADERSHIP last night that some of the prominent Nigeians on the list include former Chairman of the Board of Trustees pf the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, Chief Olu Falae, former Oyo State governor Rasheed Ladoja and a few others over the deal.

The ongoing investigations and trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) have exposed how the money meant to purchase arms to fight the terrorists found its way into the hands of some for the last general election.

The source added that the commission is in possession of the names of those who benefited from the deal, adding that the agency will soon invite another set of prominent Nigerians whose names featured prominently on the list of beneficiaries obtained from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Olu-FalaeThe source said, “The commission will soon invite those prominent Nigerians who took part in the sharing of that $2.1 billion arms deal. They will be invited to the commission’s headquarters here in Abuja but if they failed to do so, we will have no choice but to bring them.”

Speaking further, the source who sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, explained that the intention is to recover the money each collected or charge them to court.

He said, “I am happy some of them have admitted of receiving the money but trying to justifying their actions, but that is in the media, they need to state their reasons and I personally believed that the intention is to recover this money and once this is done, there will be no problem. It is where this becomes impossible that the court may be asked to intervene.”

LEADERSHIP recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that those who are indicted would make refund and forfeit their property to the Federal Government.

When contacted on the matter, spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, declined to give details on the issue.


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