Dasukigate: N2.2 billion was spent on prayers against Boko Haram – EFCC witness tells court

As the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, continued on Tuesday, November 10, an investigation officer of Saudi Arabia to win the war against Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

Adariko was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) within the trial of Sambo Dasuki, within the alleged two billion dollars deal fraud. Others charged with Dasuki, a retired colonel, are a former head with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release, and receiving various sums of cash .

Led conspicuous by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, Adariko told the court that N750 million was allegedly transferred from a special account linked to Dasuki's office to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account with First Bank.

He added that N650 million was also transferred to Acacia Holding Limited’s account with EcoBank, while another N600 million and N200 million were transferred to the company’s account with UBA.

“Between September 27, 2013, and April 16, 2015, N50 million was credited to Reliance Referral Hospital’s account. supported responses from the banks involved, as investigating officer, we acknowledged that cash was transferred to many individuals and corporations .

When we went through the account , we asked the second defendant (Aminu Babakusa) the rationale for this. He informed us that the cash was wont to hire clerics to wish for the state as regards Boko Haram crisis.

When we asked him to supply the names, contacts and phone numbers of the clerics he hired to wish for the state , he mentioned only two,” he said.

After taking note of Adariko's testimony, the case was adjourned until November 11 for the continuation of the hearing.

Mr Dasuki spent four years in detention, following his arrest in 2015 over alleged misappropriation of N2.2 billion meant for arms purchase during his time as National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan. After the federal had consistently did not honour court orders granting him bail, including an ECOWAS court judgment in 2016, he was finally released on December 24, 2019.

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