As the Federal Government continues investigations into the $2.2 billion arms deal scandal under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mr. Shuaibu Salisu, has made shocking revelations of how $47million was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 11 suit cases and taken to the home of ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Salisu said he suspected the cash might have been used to fund the Peoples Democratic Party’s campaigns in the last general elections.
He, however, denied complicity in the alleged arms deal scandal, stating that as a civil servant, he only carried out instructions from Mr. Dasuki and never benefited a kobo from the slush funds from the CBN.
Salisu made the startling revelations in a Statement of Witness/Accused he wrote under oath in the presence of investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The statement was attached to the charges preferred against Salisu and filed in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory ahead of his arraignment by the EFCC today before Justice H.Y. Baba and Justice P.O. Affen.
According to the statement he wrote under oath, Salisu said: “I could remember on the 20/11/2014, I was directed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki to go to the CBN and collect the sum of $47m in cash and the balance in Euro and the directive was obeyed and the monies were delivered to the NSA in about 11 suit cases.
“I acknowledged the receipt of the money from the CBN which was handed over to M.S. Dasuki.
“I think the monies were meant for PDP. After delivery, I left, I did not see or know when the money was distributed.
“I did not benefit even one cent. The request for the funds was tag (sic) Special Services signed by the NSA, M.S. Dasuki, addressed to the Governor of CBN.
“I did not know the source of the money into our CBN Account. The foreign currencies that I collected from the CBN were delivered to the NSA in his house, No. 13, John Kadiya Street, Asokoro”.