#DasukiGate: All You Need to Know about the Dasuki Scandal

dasukiSambo Dasuki is a retired Nigerian Army Colonel and former National Security Adviser (NSA) to Goodluck Jonathan. He has become the face of corruption at the behest of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), after a false armament deal.

The former NSA was first charged on August 24, 2015. His charges were supplemented in December and now stand at 19 counts of fraud, money laundering and breach of trust.

He is the most senior official to be charged, hence serving as the face of the overall controversy.

He pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Others standing trial with him include a former director of finance at the office of the NSA; Shuaibu Salisu, a former Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Aminu Baba Kusa, a former minister of State Finance; Bashir Yuguda, and two firms, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Reference Hospital. The government may continue to add to those standing trial as the case develops.

Dasuki comes from a royal family in Sokoto, and served as a military man his entire career. He was appointed to the NSA on June 22, 2012, following the removal of General Owoye Andrew Azazi.

Timeline:

December 23, 2015: Dasuki meets bail conditions however he is yet to be released from Kuje Prison on the grounds that a document needs to be signed by a judge for his release, this is according to his Senior Advocate (SAN). It seems Dasuki may be spending Christmas behind bars.

December 22, 2015: Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, a militant commander who was leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, makes public claim to the fact that the EFCC should “invite Jonathan [former president] who awarded me the contracts, not me”, the billionaire militant received contract funds and was charged in a seperate EFCC case on 40 counts of theft and fraud December 21.

President Buhari’s government is also implicated in the Dasuki case. The head of state allegedly received funds from the former government but sources under Buhari say he received 2 jeeps as gifts, not funds.

December 21, 2015: Court grants Dasuki N250 million in bail with surety and ability to travel outside of Abuja as long as he informs the court. However, he is remanded to Kuje prison until further notice, pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions given to him.

December 15, 2015: Dasuki makes second appearance in court.

December 14, 2015: Dasuki is formally arraigned this serves as his first court appearance.

December 13, 2015: Iyiorcha Ayu, a former Nigerian Senator claims he received N345m from Dasuki for a consultation fee.

December 8, 2015: Dasuki hearing is continued.

December 3, 2015: SAN for the federal goverment; Oladipupo Okpeseyitan makes a court appearance before the Federal High Court in Abuja. Proceeding in court over the case of Dasuki, Okpeseyitan tells the judge; Justice Adeniyi Ademola that he had filed the motion for the stay of execution which granted Dasuki permission to seek medical treatment (for cancer).

Meanwhile, the Federal Government urged the court to stop Dasuki from traveling abroad for his medical treatment. Even though Dasuki was granted medical treatment leave in November. However, the three-week permission to go abroad for medical attention could not be implemented, following his house arrest by the State Security Service, (SSS) on November 4th.

Dasuki alleges he received death threats and his home was placed under seige.

December 3, 2015: The former NSA allegedly cannot implicate anyone else in receiving funds especially high level officials, even though the general public is under the assumption that there must have been high profile involvement in the arms deal. SAN, Ahmed Raji made a public statement in which he highlights that his client made no statement before the judge implicating any person or group.

Raji vehemently denies statements of implicating the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) top shots, he says “they are just out to scandalize the man, bring his image and character into disrepute so that his friends and well wishers can run away from him. They want him deserted and that will fail”.

Dasuki does claim that Jonathan, former president, approved all spending.

December 3, 2015: The federal government officially calls for a bail revocation hearing and Justice Ademola after hearing submissions of both counsels says hearing will continue on Tuesday, December 8.

December 2, 2015: Judge Ademola grants bail, saying it is not compulsory for a defendant to be present in court when interlocutory applications are being heard.

December 1, 2015: President Muhammadu Buhari orders the secondary arrest of Dasuki after a government investigation. Dasuki was arrested by Nigeria’s SSS for allegedly stealing N2bn and accused of awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, 4 fighter jets, and ammunition meant for Nigeria’s military campaign against Boko Haram Islamist militants. The funds instead went missing. As Dasuki allegedly got the funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).