Former Nigeria’s national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has said he was never invited to defend himself before a presidential committee that indicted him for diverting $2bn (£1.31) meant to fight Boko Haram militants.
“I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel. I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by seeming indictment by the panel that never contacted me,” Mr Dasuki is quoted as saying in a statement.
Mr Dasuki, who denied any wrongdoing during his three-year tenure, added that he helped recover large swathes of territory “from Boko Haram terrorists”.
The retired army colonel said some of the issues being mentioned occurred even before he came to office.
The panel was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate arms procurement from 2007 to 2015 and a presidential spokesman has told the BBC that more people will be arrested in the coming days.