I delivered $47m in cash to former NSA – Ex- Finance Director

Salisu also said that he suspected that the money was shared to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki

The former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu has said that he delivered the sum of $47 million, which was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki in 11 suit cases.

Salisu also said that he suspected that the money was shared to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Nation reports.

The former Finance Director reportedly made the revelations in a statement he wrote under oath in the presence of investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“I could remember on the 20/11/2014 , I was directed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki to go to the CBN and collect the sum of $47m in cash and the balance in Euro and the directive was obeyed and the monies were delivered to the NSA in about 11 suit cases,” Salisu wrote in the statement.

“I acknowledged the receipt of the money from the CBN which was handed over to M.S. Dasuki. I think the monies were meant for PDP. After delivery, I left, I did not see or know when the money was distributed. I did not benefit even one cent. The request for the funds was tag (sic) Special Services signed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki, addressed to the Governor of CBN.

“I did not know the source of the money into our CBN Account. The foreign currencies that I collected from the CBN were delivered to the NSA in his house, No. 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro,” he added.

Earlier reports had it that Dasuki began to confess to the looting spree after he was handed Salisu’s statement by the EFCC.

“When Dasuki was brought in, he initially refused to write any statement, alleging that he had been subjected to media trial,” an EFCC source told The Nation.

“The EFCC operatives, however, obliged Dasuki a copy of the statement by a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu in which the latter made some implicating statements.

“Dasuki, who was shocked by Salisu’s confessions, repeatedly asked: ‘You mean Salisu wrote all these! You mean he said these! Give me a pen and paper’.

“Thereafter, Dasuki decided to open a can of worms. He gave a long list of PDP chieftains who collected money from the Office of the NSA. He mentioned the names of a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, ex-governors and ex-ministers and many others,” the source added.

Reports of the massive withdrawal had earlier been released with photos of documents used to facilitate it.

The cash is said to have left the CBN in armoured vans in one night, according to an insider who spoke to American news channel, PBS News Hour.

Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of about $2 billion in funds 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 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 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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