Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe was arrested and questioned by officers of the Military Police and Directorate of Military Intelligence in Lagos on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe was initially arrested and questioned by officers of the Military Police and Directorate of Military Intelligence in Lagos on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Punch reports.
Adegbe is said to have been undergoing a National Defence College course in the United Kingdom but was recalled by the Army for the purpose of the investigation.
He was handed over to the EFCC along with seven other officers on Thursday, February 11.
“We spent hours to grill the ADC on how he got and disbursed the $47million which was delivered to him in about 17 suitcases. The money was diverted from the CBN to bribe or settle PDP delegates to adopt ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for second term,” a source told The Nation.
“We have asked him in the last 12 hours to account for how he came about the cash. He is also expected to provide the list of beneficiaries of the largesse. All the beneficiaries will be unveiled by the EFCC and they have to refund public funds,” the source added.
“The former ADC to President Goodluck Jonathan has been picked up by the Army. The man was recalled from a National Defence College course he is undergoing,” another source told Punch.
“He was arrested in Lagos and taken to the Abacha Barracks in Abuja on Wednesday. He was interrogated by some senior military officers.
“He was taken to the EFCC at noon in response to the allegations. Seven other army officers had also been taken to the commission,” the source added.
Corruption under Jonathan’s government has been a major subject of discussion in recent times after it was alleged that officials misappropriated funds meant for Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram.
The discovery was made by a special panel constituted by Buhari to investigate arms purchases in the country from 2007-2015.
Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki is at the fore of the investigations and is alleged to have supervised the alleged laundering of $2 billion funds meant for the procurement of arms.
He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the day after.
The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of Jonathan’s party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).