Arms Deal: EFCC files fraud charges against Dasuki, Yuguda, Dokpesi, Bafarawa others

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has slammed
various charges bordering on fraud and money laundering on a former
National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; former Sokoto Governor,
Attahiru Bafarawa; and founder of Daar Holdings Plc, Raymond Dokpesi, in
the Federal High Court Abuja.

Multiple sources at the anti-corruption agency told PREMIUM TIMES
late on Tuesday that a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir
Yuguda; Mr. Dasuki; Shuaibu Salisu, a former Director of Finance at the
NSA office, Mr. Bafarawa and his son, Sagir; and a company, Dalhatu
Investment Limited would be docked on a 22-count charge of fraud and
money laundering.

In a separate charge, Mr. Dasuki; Mr. Salisu; a former director at
the NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa; and two firms, Acacia Holdings Limited and
Reliance Referral Hospital would be face a 19-count charge bothering on
fraud, corruption and money laundering.

In a third charge sheet, also filed by the EFCC at the court, Mr.
Dokpesi and the company he founded, Daar Investment and Holdings would
face a two-count charge of fraud and money laundering.

Another source at the EFCC told PREMIUM TIMES all the accused persons
might be docked on Wednesday at the FHC Abuja. But this newspaper was
unable to independently verify that information Tuesday.

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria
Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

The spokesperson to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to PREMIUM
TIMES that charges had been filed against the suspects. He however
declined to provide details of the charges.

Mr. Uwujaren also wouldn’t say if Mr. Sambo and his colleagues would be arraigned Wednesday.

One Babasola Kuti, who appeared to be acting on behalf of the Dokpesi
family, had earlier on Tuesday sent a statement to PREMIUM TIMES,
saying a six-count charge (not two-count) had been slammed on the media
mogul and his company, Daar Investment and Holding Company.

Former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa
Former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa

“The six-count charge filed by Aliyu M. Yusuf, deputy director of
legal, in the legal and prosecution department of the efcc, against
Dokpesi and a company, Daar Investments Holding Ltd, shows that four of
the counts relate to alleged breach of the public procurement act of
2007, while one relates to money laundering and the sixth alleged that
Dokpesi and Daar Investment Company had knowledge that the N2.1 billion
paid to them by the federal government, through the office of the NSA,
represented the proceeds of criminal conduct,” the statement said.

It continued, “The other five counts accused them of fraudulent and
corrupt act by entering into a contract with the federal government for
presidential media initiative and that they got paid N2.1 billion
without any open competitive bidding; without a written and
comprehensive request to them by the federal government of Nigeria; and
without a “certificate of no objection” for contract award.

“According to one of the counts, the money received by Dr. Raymond
Dokpesi represents proceeds of criminal conduct of former NSA Colonel
Sambo Dasuki, and Shuaibu Salisu who was a director of finance in the
office of the National Security Adviser.”

The statement however noted that the charges slammed on Mr. Dokpesi had nothing to do with arms purchase.

Mr. Dokpesi’s family had last week issued a statement saying, the
Daar founder never bidded for any contract with either the office of the
NSA or Ministry of Defence.

They said his company submitted a proposal for media-related job to
former President Goodluck Jonathan, which was approved, executed and
paid for through the office of the National Security Adviser.

Raymond Dokpesi
Raymond Dokpesi

Following an interim report released by a presidential committee
investigating arms procurement in the last administration, which alleged
illegal spending of up to N643.8 billion and a further $2.2 billion,
the EFCC set up a special panel to probe how the monies were spent.

The EFCC, in the past weeks, made high profile arrests in connection with the matter.

The investigation is still ongoing and the EFCC says more senior
officials of the last administration might be quizzed on the
disbursement and spending of the monies.

PREMIUM TIMES

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