Five million dollars was withdrawn from the National Security Adviser’s account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the cash vanished under former NSA Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s watch. This withdrawal is related to other withdrawals towards the end the past administration. Although Dasuki has never been linked with any corruption case, sources told The Nation in Abuja that his office was being investigated for alleged questionable withdrawals running into billions of naira.
Dasuki, the immediate past NSA to former president Jonathan, who President Muhammadu Buhari sacked last Monday alongside the Service chiefs, would be questioned on how a driver to his personal assistant made away with five million dollars, which was withdrawn from the office’s account with the CBN.
The DSS, raided Dasuki’s home on the suspicion that he was plotting to disturb the peace of the nation with the quality and quantity of high calibre weaponry stocked in his Abuja home where bullet proof vehicles were also recovered.
Although Dasuki claimed he was being victimised for discharging his responsibilities, a Presidency source told The Nation that evidence abound that his office played a major role in some shady withdrawals.
Dasuki’s office, the source explained, was fingered in the case of a driver to his personal assistant who allegedly disappeared with a car containing $5million cash withdrawn from the NSA office’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to the source, “I believe Dasuki knows the truth and he is only latching onto the democratic environment to twist the tale. The cry of a witch-hunt is unfounded because we work in the same office. We don’t even need to go into how he purchased the Asokoro mansion few months after his appointment as NSA.
“Is Dasuki also claiming ignorance of investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a driver to his Personal Assistant with a vehicle loaded with $5m? In fact, the relatives of the driver are still asking the authorities to help look for their son. The money was withdrawn at the CBN and the PA claimed the driver said he wanted to go for lunch only to disappear with the money, which was in the boot of the car. Now, who allows a driver to go out with a vehicle containing such a huge sum of money?
“You know Dasuki is just playing for time and I think he knows the game is up. By the way, who told the former president that he could influence the sacked Service Chiefs to stage a coup and frustrate the handover date? Who championed the idea of changing the date for the election midway, having realised that Jonathan was not going to win? Who has been collecting millions of dollars to buy sophisticated gadgets and equipment to fight insurgency without any appreciable progress until the tail end of the tenure of Jonathan?”
The source pleaded to be anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue.
“The truth is that his father relocated from Sokoto a long time ago and that house is solely being used by Dasuki. What point is he trying to prove by feigning ignorance about what he keeps in the Sokoto house? Is he saying there is no money lodged in that house or that some government vehicles were not retrieved from there? Anyway, by the time he is brought before justice, we will know whether this is frame up or not. Sometimes, it is not the noise you make on the pages of newspapers that count but how you defend your integrity”.
Dasuki also referred to the siege laid on his house as mere witch-hunt and not in the spirit of democracy and rule of law maintaining that he should have been invited as a gentleman rather than restricting his movement.
The DSS yesterday explained why Dasuki needed to be probed.