Buhari’s govt yet to “find” wanted Nigerien who defrauded FG of N196b arms fund
The Federal Government of Nigeria is yet find the wanted Nigerien national, Aboubakar Hima, who defrauded it of N196 billion fund meant for the purchase of arms in the fight against Boko Haram, ElombahNews can authoritatively tell.
Recall that last year, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government declared wanted a foreign national from Niger for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds in the amounts of approximately $400 million, N400 million and €10 million.
A banner posted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on its official website reads:
“The public is hereby notified that the person whose photograph appears in this alert is wanted by the EFCC.
“Aboubakar Hima is wanted in a case of criminal conspiracy, contract scam, misappropriation of public funds, money laundering and fraud to the tune of over $394 million, €9.9 million and N369 million.
“The suspect, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Societe D’Equipment Internationaux, SEI, is alleged to have received the sums for the purchase of equipment for the Nigerian Military.
“However, investigations have revealed discrepancies in the supply of the equipment.
“Having failed to honour invitations from the Commission, Hima is currently evading investigation, thus the need to declare him wanted.
“46-year-old Hima is a Nigerien citizen. The suspect speaks French and Hausa Languages fluently but has limited English proficiency. His last known address is Block A, Flat 3, NO.5 Sapele Street, Garki II, Abuja.
“Anybody having useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan, lIorin, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Port Harcourt, Sokoto and Uyo offices or through the number: 0809 3322 644 (0809 EFCC NIG); its e-mail address: email@example.com or the nearest police station and other security agencies.”
See the banner below:
See a table of the value and its Naira equivalent below:
|Foreign currency value||Naira equivalent|
|$400 million||N190 billion|
|€10 million||N5.5 billion|
Reacting to the development, a source from the presidency told ElombahNews that “there is a serious scandal on arms in this government too”.
He raised serious doubts about the real deal behind the scandal, wondering the possibility of the Nigerian Government releasing such humongous amount of money without due diligence.
The source noted: “The Nigerien suspect, Hima, is wanted which suggests the whole defense intelligence apparatchiks of Nigeria cannot find the person they contracted to supply arms to them?”
He concluded by saying that one fateful day the truth behind the scandal will surface and the bubble will burst.