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Bode George EFCC to invite PDP chieftain, many top politicians over arms deal fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has also compiled a list of other PDP members who will be invited in connection with the scam.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon invite Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Bode George for questioning over the ongoing arms deal fraud investigation, reports say.

The EFCC has also compiled a list of other PDP members who will be invited in connection with the scam, Punch reports.

“You see, this is an investigation. In a situation like this, the commission has a thin chance of not inviting those whose names have been thrown up,” a source told Punch.

“They have to be invited to make clarifications; it does not necessarily mean that they have been indicted but it is only a standard procedure for them to appear to make clarifications where necessary

“I think by now, Anenih, Bode George and all those who were mentioned during the investigation should have been invited but the commission has not been given the directive to pick them up.

“They know what they are doing. Anytime from now, possibly this week, they will be invited,” the source added.

A source also told Daily Trust that the EFCC would soon arrest many top politicians in connection with the probe.

“Investigation in many of the cases had been concluded and the suspects will soon be charged to court,” the source said.

“They are likely to be picked up this week. One or two of them are really senior officials,” another source added to Daily Trust.

George was alleged to have received N100M out of the $2 billion worth of funds said to have been looted under the supervision of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.

The PDP chieftain has however denied the allegations saying that he only received $30,000 from former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, who has been indicted along with Dasuki.

The former NSA is at the centre of a massive money laundering investigation for allegedly looting the funds which were meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria’s military.

Dasuki has reportedly linked a number of persons to the alleged fraud including former governors, ex-ministers and PDP chieftains.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the arrest of Dasuki and others indicted in the alleged fraud after receiving a report submitted by a panel instituted by him to probe Nigeria’s arms purchases from 2007-2015.

READ: Dasuki accused of N337 billion fraud

The former NSA has been in the eye of the storm since being removed by Buhari in July.

READ: DSS raids Dasuki's home again

His homes in Sokoto and Abuja were raided by agents of the DSS and he was subsequently charged with money laundering and illegal possession of weapons.

The EFCC has also arrested 20 of Dasuki's former staff, Chairman of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi and former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa in connection with the allegations.

Dasuki has pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him and will remanded at the Kuje Prisons pending his fulfillment of bail conditions given to him.

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