Fresh investigation from the economic and financial crimes commission allege that about 10 top serving Army personnel benefitted from the $2.1 billion Dasuki’s largess. The report has it that seven army generals and five colonels are being cross-examined by the EFCC for their involvement in the deal.
The generals and colonels were handed over to EFCC after the defense headquarters conducted an internal probe of the questionable deals. Feelers from the defense headquarters posits that the huge fraud freshly uncovered dwarfs what transpired in the air force arms deal. The source claimed that “This is the most crucial aspect of the $2.1billion arms deals because the Nigerian Army was at the center of the procurement. The case of the Nigerian Air Force might be a child’s play.”
Retired commodore Salisu Yusha, who doubled as the finance director of the Nigerian Air Force had last week lucidly described how former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh withdrew funds at will from the commissions purse. The EFCC later traced the funds to the purchase of deluxe duplexes in Abuja and environs. He detailed how former Air Chief Badeh monthly pocketed 500 million naira from illegal deals in the Nigerian Air Force.
Our sources who preferred not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue said: “We have started interrogating the officers referred to the commission. At the appropriate time, we will release their names to the public. Certainly, we will interact with two former Chiefs of Army Staff on the procurement process and inventory of arms and military hardware.”
Spokesperson for the Nigerian Army said, “It should be noted that at the end of the commission’s investigations, those found culpable will be tried by a Military Court Martial.” On the request of the national security adviser all misappropriated funds were released by the central bank of Nigeria, then superintended by erstwhile Malam Sanusi Lamido. The illegal fund, which was drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, was allegedly used for personal service.