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Dasuki pleads innocence, hits back at Presidency

19 November 2015, 13:07Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has vehemently denied the allegations of corruption and illegal possession of weapons the state has leveled against him.

Commenting for the first time since his travails against the Department of State Services, Dasuki it back at the “theatrical manner” , the Presidency had “fed the public with many allegations against my person and yet to be named former public officers.”

In a letter made available to CAJ News, he said to draw sympathy, the Presidency quoted some “absurd findings” including extra-budgetary interventions; award of fictitious contracts; 53 failed contracts; payment for jobs without contractual agreements; non-execution of contracts for the purchase of four Alpha jets, bombs and ammunition.

“For undiscerning Nigerians, they may tend to assume that the allegations were true and pronounce the former National Security Adviser guilty as charged,” said Dasuki.

Also Read: Dasuki faults panel's indictment on arms deal

He said the statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, “who should know better as a former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a witness to history”, was “nothing sort of propaganda” to cast aspersions on Dasuki.

To set the records straight, he said Nigerians should appreciate that the AVM Jon Ode-led panel did not invite the ex-NSA under any guise before arriving at its “ambiguous” findings.

“At least, fairness demands that the panel ought to hear from Dasuki instead of its recourse to hasty conclusions. If the panel had been more patient and painstaking, it would have been availed of all relevant documents on some of the jaundiced findings.”

He said as if acting a script, the Presidency alleged that the panel accused Dasuki of awarding fictitious contracts between March 2012 and March 2015.

Contrary to this claim, Dasuki, said was not the NSA in March 2012 and he could not have awarded any contract in whatever name.

The ex-NSA was appointed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on June 22 in 2012.

 Thus, he said all contracts and accruing payments were with the approval of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Once the ex-President approved, the former NSA paid.

He said as such, there was due process for every purchase in line with regulations guiding arms procurement for the Armed Forces.

“And Nigerians should note that all the services generated the types of equipment needed, sourced for suppliers most times and after consideration by the Office of the NSA, the President will approve application for payment. For sensitive sectors (military/security), there was no room for awarding fictitious contracts. The conclusions of the panel were presumptive, baseless and lacked diligence.”

He said it was “laughable” for the panel to assume that the Alpha jets and helicopters were undelivered.

He cited some letters and memo to back his position.

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

“To show that I have nothing to hide, I submitted a comprehensive list of all requests for procurements by the services, the items bought and those equipment being awaited to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari long before I left office,” said Dasuki.

“If there were issues, I should have been questioned. I was just the clearing house, I did not award contracts to my company or proxies. There was no contract awarded or equipment bought without approval from the then President and Commander-In-Chief. I am not a thief or treasury looter as being portrayed.”

He said in order not to endanger the nation's security, there were many salient issues and contracts which he could not put in public domain.

“I am ready for trial on all these allegations in order to prove to Nigerians that I did nothing untoward in office. We will certainly meet in court.”

He said he had “a lot to tell Nigerians” but in the interim, they should not believe some of the allegations.

He concluded by saying as for his tenure as the nation's NSA, he acted in the interest of the nation and with utmost fear of God. I did not use the office for any self-serving agenda.

“I occupied the Office of the National Security Adviser at a difficult moment in Nigerian history when terrorism was at its peak and I am leaving posterity to judge me accordingly.” 

- CAJ News


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