Ex-Gov. Bafarawa: I Got N100m From Ex-Finance Minister But He Didn’t Tell Me It Was Part Of Arms Deal Fund
A former Governor of Sokoto State and one-time presidential candidate in the 2007 presidential election, Alh. Attahiru Bafarawa, has admitted receiving N100million from a former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda through his son, Sagir Attahiru.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is scheduled to arraign Yuguda, Bafarawa and his son this week before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in connection with the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.
The former minister had in a statement of Witness/Caution which he wrote on oath, detailing how he shared some part of the funds he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, said he gave N600 million to some Peoples Democratic Party chieftains for th 2015 general elections.
“For the cash disbursement of N600million, it was meant for the six zonal chairmen for Contact and Mobilisation Committees for Election of 2015. The chairmen are Bode George, Amb. Yerima Abdullahi; Peter Odili; Attahiru Bafarawa; Jim Nwobodo; Ahmadu Ali. The sum of N100million was given to each chairman. I gave the money in company of Prof. Alkali, who was Political Adviser to former president. The zonal chairmen are for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I also instructed Jabbama Limited to transfer the sum of N100m to Dalhatu Limited on the request of Attahiru Bafarawa”, Mr. Yuguda said.
Confirming receipt of the said sum, former Gov. Bafarawa said he was not told where the money came from, neither did he bother to ask.
In his statement to the EFCC, Bafarawa said: “I know Bashir Yuguda. He called me to tell me there is money to be given for (sic) the North-West Campaign Committee which I asked how much and he told me is N100 million for the seven states and ask (sic) to give it to Sagir which he did and the money was sent to the states campaign committee between 20th and 21st of February 2015 for the PDP Campaign for General Election.
“He did not tell me where the money was coming from. I did not ask him where the money was coming from.
“Sagir is my son and I directed Sagir to send the money to state chairmen campaign committee for PDP North-West.
“I also received N100 million (dollar equivalent) from the North-West Campaign Committee. The money was given to me in the PDP National Chairman, Alh. Adamu Muazu house in Abuja in the presence of all the zonal chairmen as listed …and after collecting all this (sic) money, I gave the money to Abdullahi Yauri who was the Secretary of the North-West Campaign Committee to share to the state chapter and Yuguda didn’t tell me where he got the money from”.