Former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa has denied collecting any money from former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki as investigation into an alleged $2.1 billion arms deal continues.
The ex-governor’s name has featured prominently as collecting about N4.6 billion for “spiritual purposes” in revelations following investigations.
An aide of the former governor who served under him as a Special Adviser on Youth and Students Matters, Alhaji Akibu Dalhatu, however, told Vanguard yesterday that his boss has no such financial dealing with the former NSA nor did he collect any money from him for any purpose.
“The former governor of Sokoto state, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa did not receive any money from Col. Sambo Dasuki for any arms deal or for any purpose” Dalhatu said.
Dalhatu who said he had visited the former governor at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters, added that his boss was never arrested at home or anywhere else as has been alleged in some quarters.
“The truth is that Governor Bafarawa went to the EFCC to honour an invitation made to him by the agency while he was abroad. He had informed them through a letter by his lawyers that he was abroad and would honour their invitation on return. Governor Bafarawa went to the office of EFCC with his lawyer and an aide” he said.
He lamented what he described as orchestrated media campaign aimed at tarnishing the image of the former governor.
It “appears that the media is being used to play out a script that has been written long before now.
“We have seen deliberate falsehoods published in the newspapers and social media platforms, designed deliberately to tarnish the image and person of Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa. Some of the writers and media outfits have access to Governor Bafarawa and his media advisers. It would appear that the media is being used to play out a script that has been written long before now” he added.