The pioneer chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has dismissed rumours linking him to the ongoing probe of $2.1 billion arms deal fund involving the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
Mr. Dasuki is currently undergoing trial in three different courts for allegedly diverting and misappropriating the funds meant for purchase of arms and munitions for the Nigerian military, to prominent individuals and politicians.
In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Ribadu challenged those trying to discreetly plant a story against him in the media to come forward with documentary evidence to suggest that he collected money from Mr. Dasuki or had made some refunds to government.
“My attention has been drawn to insinuations in certain quarters of my purported repayment of some monies I was allegedly given by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)”, Mr. Ribadu said.
“For the record, let me categorically state that I had nothing to do with the former NSA while he was in office. I cannot remember meeting him at any time while he held sway.
“It is therefore shocking for me to be accused of receiving something from someone I never had any relationship with, not to talk of refunding money he gave me”, said the former anti-graft czar and Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Adamawa.
Mr. Ribadu insisted that he did not receive any money from the former NSA either directly or through a proxy.
“There is therefore no reason for me to make any refund”, he said, adding “I have not been contacted by any security agency on this matter to warrant any action of that nature on my part”.