The immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who is standing trial for alleged misappropriation of over $2 billion insurgency arms procurement fund, has denied making any statement implicating anyone or group in the course of the probe for which he has been transferred from the Department of State Service, DSS, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Speaking to journalists against the backdrop of some media reports that the ex-NSA implicated some unnamed persons in the statement he made during the probe, Dasuki’s counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN, said his client never made such statement or name anyone to EFCC.
“I was with Dasuki yesterday and wish to make categorical statement that my client never made any statement of such nature or naming anybody or group in any statement.
“Quote me anywhere, Dasuki has not done anything like that. It is absolutely untrue. It is the figment of the imagination of the authors aimed at creating falsehood for reasons best known to them and Nigerians should disregard them.
“They are just out to scandalise the man, bring his image and character into disrepute so that his friends and well wishers can run away from him. They want him deserted and that will fail”, Raji said.
Raji further explained that not all funds allocated to the NSA’s office are meant for arms procurement, adding that the office also manages several funds for national security and other special interventions which are not related to Boko Haram or arm procurement.
“They include recurrent expenditures and miscellaneous expenses under Special Service Office (SSO) to fund special projects and programmes including capacity building, refreshment, travelling, office maintenance, crisis communication and support to special causes and Non-Governmental Organisations.
“Most of the figures being bandied were taken from the special funds meant for the purposes that they were spent and not on the so-called arm-deal.”
“All over the world, there are lots of expenditures of national security and sensitive matters that are not ridiculed in the Press,” he added.