Bafarawa Arrested Alongside Dokpesi, Sambo Over $2bn Arms Deal


Nigerian politicians believed to have benefitted from the huge security budget said to be missing are being arrested one after the other by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and the Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, were among the latest to be questioned by the security agents for allegedly receiving huge sums of money from the office of the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki was taken from his Asokoro home in a pre-dawn raid by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), ahead of possible arraignment for breach of public trust and money laundering.

According to Vanguard, whichc cited sources at the EFCC, while Dokpesi was invited to answer questions for allegedly receiving over N2 billion from the office of the NSA, Bafarawa was invited for explanation of an alleged N100 million he received from the NSA’s office.

“A whopping sum of N2.1 billion was traced to the office of the embattled former NSA to Dokpesi without any clearly stated reason and we want to know what he received the huge sum of public funds for. We have also traced some money to the former Sokoto governor, Bafarawa, and we need to know what he got such money from the former security adviser for,” the source said.

Both men were taken in around noon, yesterday, to join the company of at least 22 other suspects, who have been linked with receiving large sums of money from the Office of the National Security Adviser, who may stand trial with them in court.

EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that none of over 20 suspects who had earlier been detained by the commission had been released.

Wilson said the suspects had been making statements to EFCC operatives on the stolen security funds but did not give further details.

He did not also say when they were likely to be arraigned.