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No funds were received from Dasuki - Nigerian Editors

07 January 2016, 07:05

Abuja - As the controversy surrounding #DasukiGate continues to grip the nation, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) have come out denying that they received any funds from former National Security Advisor, Sambo Dasuki.

In a statement released by NGE National President Garba Deen Mohammed, the group said it was necessary to clarify the circumstances surrounding a N50 million donation made by former president Goodluck Jonathan, Premium Times reports.

Also read: Court orders account freeze on #DasukiGate suspects

According to Mohammed's statement, the group sought to raise N850 million in order to build a suitable secretariat in Abuja that would be titled The Editor's Plaza. As part of a donation from the Federal Government, Information and National Orientation Minister Labaran Maku pledged N50 million, which was then later presented by former President Jonathan.

Mohammed confirmed that the pledge was made through a direct transfer from Zenith Bank into the account of NGE. He also reiterated that Femi Adesina, who was president of the organisation at the time, did not receive any funds from government.

Mohammed also explained how the pledges received by the organisation had since been used as an investment into two projects, mainly the purchase of one building, deemed "Editor's House", and the refurbishment of another, a duplex.

Read more at Premium Times

- News24


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