Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu has denied reports that he received money from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, who’s being tried for looting public funds.
Former EFCC Chairman denies receiving money from Dasuki
Ribadu, via a statement released on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, challenged anyone with evidence to support the claim to come forward.
The statement reads:
“My attention has been drawn to insinuations in certain quarters of my purported repayment of some monies I was allegedly given by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).”
“For the record, let me categorically state that I had nothing to do with the former NSA while he was in office. I cannot remember meeting him at any time while he held sway.”
“It is therefore shocking for me to be accused of receiving something from someone I never had any relationship with, not to talk of refunding money he gave me.”
“There is therefore no reason for me to make any refund. Also, I have not been contacted by any security agency on this matter to warrant any action of that nature on my part.”
Dasuki is at the center of a massive money laundering investigation and i s alleged to have supervised the looting of $2.1 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.
Dasuki was released on bail from Kuje Prison in December 2015 but was soon re-arrested by the DSS.
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