The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, recently denied receiving money from the former National Security Advisor (NSA) Sambo Dasuki. Mr. Ribadu’s denial was issued in a statement sent to media on Tuesday. In his statement, the former EFCC chief demanded that those providing stories to the media that he received funds from Mr. Dasuki should put forth documented evidence.
“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 anytime while he held sway.
“It is therefore shocking for me to be accused of receiving something from someone I never had any relationship with. I will not to even talk about refunding the ‘money’ he gave me,” Mr. Ribadu said.
It will be recalled that in December 2015 SaharaReporters published several stories concerning former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s authorization of a diversion of $300 million, taken from loot recovered from former military dictator Sani Abacha, to the Office of the former National Security Advisor a few weeks before the 2015 Presidential elections.
Subsequent reports published by SaharaReporters indicated that the funds were used for a last minute media campaign for former President Goodluck Jonathan. Since December, the scandal has taken on the name of “Dasukigate” and has led to the indictment of several high profile figures including the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, and media mogul Raymond Dokpesi