By Dare Lawal
All the monies which Sambo Dasuki disbursed as revealed in the last two weeks were disbursed based on the approval of his former boss, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. That’s the central point made by the former National Security Adviser (NSA) in his statement of witness at the Federal High Court preparatory to his arraignment this week.
Dasuki claimed that the N10billion he disbursed for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination convention delegates was handed over to Jonathan’s Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa (who is now on the run) and the Aide-de-Camp following the directive of the president. He said he had nothing to do with it aside collecting it.
The former NSA expressed concern that he was being vilified by the EFCC when he simply followed the instructions of his boss. He also expressed concern that the “media trial” could jeopardise his defence.
Dasuki said the following:
“That I am aware in November (I cannot remember the exact date), my office requested the CBN to exchange N10billion from the account of the Office of National Security Adviser domiciled in CBN. The money was exchanged at $47m and some Euros which I cannot remember. The exact amount was delivered at my residence.
“The money was for delegates that attended the nomination convention for the PDP Presidential nomination. The money was paid and sent to Hon. (Waripamowei) Dudafa (SSAP Household) and ADC(C-IC) for distribution on the instruction of the President.
“Based on the statement of Director of Finance and administration (Salisu), Ibrahim Wambai, and Yazidu Ibrahim, all the cash (both foreign and local) are usually given to them for official use.
“I also noted the statement of Sagir Bafarawa whose company is Dalhatu Investment which he stated that he received the sum of N4,633,000,000 from the account of the Office of the NSA. I authorised the payment . The money was for vehicles, motorcycles for youth empowerment and women sent to Saudi Arabia. I got the proposal from the President. I do not have the proposal; it should be at the office in the Villa
“I have seen the statement of the Zenith Bank account where N5billion was paid. I authorised the following payments, among others: Jabbama Ada Global Nigeria Limited (N400m); R.R. Hospital (N750m); ACACIA Holdings LTD (N1.25b); Barr. I.M. Bala (N150m); African Cable TV (N 350m); Nigerian Defence Academy (N159m); B.B. (N350m); Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (N125,503, 255.11); Coscharis Motors (N119m).
“The payments were meant for various partners as earlier listed. I know Basha Nigeria Limited to be owned by Hon. Bello Matawalle. I authorised the payment of N380million for further disbursement to members of the House of Representatives as campaign contribution. I authorised the payment of N751million to HEIRS BDC Limited for conversion to forex from the account of the NSA. Money was used for operation in the Office of the NSA.
“I have seen the mandate from the CBN signed by me authorising payment of various sums of money to Dalhatu Investment for the reasons earlier stated.
“In respect of funds given to Amb. Bashir Yuguda between December 2014 and 2015, I authorised the payment of N1.5billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser for political campaign in the last elections. I remember paying DAAR Communications the sum of N2.120billion from ONSA for media activities for the Presidential Campaign 2015.”
Dasuki also confirmed payment of $146,639019.00 to E-Force Inter-Service Ltd
“I do not have any company registered in my name, I have no account with HSBC. All payments made from NSA accounts within the period I was there were authorised by me.”
So with all that Dasuki has said andshis insistence that every money that passed through his hands were based on the instructions of Jonathan, is it time for the former president to be invited to explain his role in the whole affair?