Former NSA pleads not guilty to money laundering charges

The EFCC arraigned Dasuki on a 19-count charge today, December 14, 2015, before an Abuja High Court ‎sitting at Maitama.

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), ‎Sambo Dasuki has pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Also charged as Dasuki’s alleged accomplices were former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu and former Executive Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC), ‎Aminu Baba-Kusa among others.

Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of $2 billion in  funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria's military.

He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the 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 the PDP.

Dasuki’s lawyer however denied the report that his client had become an informant while the former NSA said that ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan was aware of the transactions he had made.

Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.

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