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Dasuki faults panel's indictment on arms deal

18 November 2015, 11:07

Abuja - Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has denied ever receiving any formal or informal invitation to appear before an Investigative Panel that indicted him on the procurement of hardware and munitions in the armed forces,  Premium Times reports.

Dasuki while reacting to the statement that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered his arrest and those of others implicated in arms deal, said he was however not surprised but embarrassed by the seeming indictment by the panel purportedly operating from the Office of the National Security Adviser that never contacted him.

He insisted on open and public trial rather than secret trial in the court as being canvassed by his persecutors.

Also read: Buhari says Dasuki stole $2B in arms deal

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday received the interim report of the investigative committee on arms procurement with an order for the arrest of all indicted persons in the arms scam.

According to a statement by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the committee, which was inaugurated on August 31, was yet to complete its work. But its interim report unearthed several illicit and fraudulent financial transactions.

The State Security Service has kept Dasuki under house arrest for more than a week despite a Federal High Court order allowing him to travel abroad for medical care. The court had allowed Dasuki bail after he pleaded innocent to other charges of money-laundering, involving more than $423,000 found in cash, and illegal possession of arms seized at two of his homes.

Read more at Premium Times

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