Armsgate: Ex-DMI Chief, Letam Wiwa, Not Arrested – EFCC

EFCC-300x195The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied having a former director of the Directorate of Mili¬tary Intelligence (DMI), Letam Wiwa, in its custody.
There were reports in a section of the media that Wiwa, a Major General, was arrested at the weekend and flown to Abuja for further questioning by EFCC operatives over alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.
Mr. Wiwa was at several times, Military assistant to late General Owoye Azazi when he served as Chief of Defence Staff.
He was also Principal General Staff Officer, PSO, at the office of the National Security Adviser when Azazi served as NSA.
He was retained in the position as PGSO when Sambo Dasuki was NSA and was later appointed director of the DMI when Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.) became the Chief of Army staff.
Responding to an enquiry by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said “I can’t find any such detainee in our records. I can’t find anything on him”.
Maj.-Gen. Wiwa, who is the younger brother to late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Ogoni rights activist, is currently the deputy commandant at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre in Oshodi, Lagos State.
Speaking to the newspaper in his office on Monday morning, the military officer said he was neither invited for questioning nor arrested by the EFCC.
“I just woke up this morning, and people started calling me that they saw reports of my arrest in the papers”, said Mr. Wiwa.
“I was really surprised. And that must be a magic arrest. I am now sitting in my office in Oshodi, Lagos. The papers were just too audacious. They didn’t even ask the army whether any such arrest happened. There was not even an invitation, let alone an arrest”, he said.
According to him, the operations of the DMI has nothing to do with procurement of equipment for the army or any security agency.