Tony Anenih, ex-Senate President, others linked with $2bn arms deal fraud

N10 billion out of the funds is believed to have been distributed to members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Sambo Dasuki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed the names of some persons who allegedly participated in the $2 billion arms deal fraud for which former National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr Sambo Dasuki is being tried.

N10 billion out of the funds is believed to have been distributed to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Nation reports.

Those newly named as participants in the alleged fraud include PDP chieftain and former minister, Tony Anenih, who reportedly received N260 million and former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu who is said to have received N345million.

Others who have been linked with the scam are former Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu, former Executive Director of NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa, former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and his son, Sagir among others.

Dasuki is at the center of the massive money laundering investigation and is alleged to have supervised the looting of the 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 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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