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Saturday, December 12, 2015

BUSTED: Doyin Okupe, Others Received Cash From NSA, Says Dasuki’s Ex-Accounts Officer

 An accounts officer to the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (ret.), has revealed that he frequently paid cash to a former presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe.
 
Ibrahim Idris Wambai, who held the post of accounts officer 11 in Mr. Dasuki’s Office of National Security Adviser, made the revelations in his witness
statement attached to the criminal charges filed against the former NSA, a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and Mr. Bafarawa’s son, Sagir.
Mr. Wambai also disclosed that the former NSA paid former Vice President Namadi Sambo a monthly “stipend” of N20 million. The account officer’s statement disclosed that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan spent more than N18.2 billion in a political campaign tagged “Operation Capture North West.” The funds were reportedly channeled through Mr. Bafarawa in a series of cash transactions that involved the NSA and the former Minister of State for Finance.
Mr. Wambai disclosed that the records of all cash payments to individuals and organizations involved in the shady money sharing transactions are still intact, according to his statement of witness/accused person filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. The certified statement on oath is part of the proof of evidence in the trial of nine suspects scheduled to begin next week.

Mr. Wambai indicated that several aides of former President Jonathan were recipients of the slush funds. His document revealed that funds were frequently collected by a former Deputy Chief of Staff, the aide de camp (ADC) to the former president, the chief personal physician to Mr. Jonathan, the former coordinator on anti-terrorism, General Sarkin Yaki, a former Director of PC4, General Terba Waya (ret.), and the ex-president’s personal assistant on Domestic Affairs. The witness was unable to disclose the exact amount paid to each beneficiary, but disclosed that the figures were available in cash payment files that still exist.