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Dumfounded and tongue-tied! As EFCC confronts with evidence

Re: $2bn arms deal – EFCC confronts Dasuki, Dokpesi, Bafarawa, others

Nigerians are tired of seeing those who steal public funds go free in bungled cases as a result of shoddy ways of gathering evidence. Sometimes, deliberately. That explained how someone charged with 170 counts of criminal doings was discharged and acquitted of all counts, only to plead guilty to all charges in the UK.

But there’s a new Sheriff in town who would not tolerate mediocrity. He is deathly serious about recovering our nation from the grips of corruption. President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his time to make appointments of honest and professional heads of Anti-graft Agencies. 

The aim is to ensure that those who raped Nigeria repeatedly, those who made 110 Million Nigerians destitute, those who reaped where they did not sow, are speedily, brought to trial and convictions reached within the ambit of the Nigerian laws. 

When cases are thoroughly investigated and bodies of evidence collated, convictions are easier and justice is seen to be served. It will also serve as deterrent to would-be criminals who plan to use public office as a platform to enrich themselves and amass wealth that should go into making the lives of all Nigerians easier. 

Col. Sambo Dasuki [Rtd.] breached the trust we reposed in him. Lives were lost to his greed. Families were dislocated because of his wickedness. The Nigerian Army, the pride of our nation and Africa, was humiliated while he smiled to banks across continents.

Now, the long arm of the law has caught up with him and some of his cronies. Nemesis has come to judge them! He is reaping what he sowed. We hope they put him away for the rest of his miserable life.

God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.

Lauretta Onochie, @Laurestar


Here is the account from Vanguard:

The raft of persons arrested in connection with the phony $2.2bn arms procurement saga were left dumbfounded when presented with evidence of their heist in EFCC custody, reports Vanguard.

The special team raised by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the disbursement of $2.2 billion arms contract deal in the office of the former National Security Adviser, yesterday, confronted the major suspects with evidence of their illicit transactions, according to the newspaper.

The 27-member task force, which has Ibrahim Magu as a member, spent most of the day grilling the suspects and asking them to speak up on any aspect of the transactions where their names or those who allegedly fronted for them, appeared.

The report says even some of the suspects who had been playing hardball went all weak in the knees with evidence staring them in the face.

The extended questioning of the high profile suspects was to prepare the grounds for their arraignment this week.

However, Vanguard could not obtain a specific date of the week when the suspects are likely to be docked and the specific charges to be pressed against them.

It was gathered that the commission had outsmarted the key suspects by first securing a court order to detain them beyond the stipulated 48-hour threshold, thereby making it more difficult for their lawyers to secure their early release.

A top source said most of the suspects, who had earlier attempted to deny their involvement in the arms deal, were dumbfounded when confronted with concrete evidence of all the transactions they had made in the office of the ex-NSA.

“Many of the suspects, who were claiming ignorance of collecting huge sums of money from the office of the ex-NSA, were tongue tied when we brought them to face each other. I think they will soon appear in court to tell the world why they went to the ONSA to sign and collect huge sums of public money that was not meant for the purposes they were given,” an EFCC source said.

Source: Vanguard

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