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Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC)

Arrested Ex-President’s ADC cooling off In EFCC Custody, likely to open can of worms

Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) who was recently arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have started preliminary confessions.

According to reports, Colonel Adegbe revealed that another Dasukigate may be looming if he speaks out on the events of the last administration.

Before being flown to Abuja yesterday, it was gathered that preliminary interrogation of the former ADC by operatives of the EFCC showed that a new can of worms, which “could surpass what is now called Dasukigate,” would be opened up.

Jonathan’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki was arrested and handed over to EFCC in December last year for his role in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal and many others connected to the arms deal fraud have also been picked up.

The money means for procurement of arms to fight Boko Haram terrorists was majorly diverted to the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for which its national publicity secretary is still being tried in the court, although he has been granted bail.

In the coming days, weeks, the former ADC is expected to give details of all he knows as regards the financial transactions and the individuals involved in the last administration.

Documents have been recovered which have hinted of large-scale questionable expenditure with funds sourced from and outside the arms purchase deals.

“Most of the funds were reportedly diverted soon after the election was postponed from the originally scheduled date of February 14, 2015 to March 28, 2015,” a source informed.

A top official of an agency set up to discourage militancy in the southsouth, who is currently outside the country is one of those mentioned in the new mind boggling revelations by the ADC.

It was also gathered that there was a “mind-boggling spending” during the two weeks extension of the general election, “which runs into several trillions of naira, when converted from foreign currency.”

Many top Nigerians, “including some very close persons” to the former president, the source further revealed, may likely be called to explain and defend their roles in the handling of the funds, a chunk of which was sourced from the agency.

As at the time of filing this report, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesperson could not be reached for comments on the arrest.

Former chairman of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi; former Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa and former national chairman of the party, Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed and his son, Abbah are among top Nigerian politicians who have been arrested by the EFCC in relation to the arms procurement deal.

Former governor of Kaduna state, Brigadier General Isa Jafaru; former minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda and the director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the NSA, Shauibu Salisu have also been questioned by the anti-graft agency.

Meanwhile, the EFCC is investigating 12 senior army officers for their role in the $2.1billion arms deals.

The senior officers who were sent to the EFCC by the military authorities will be tried by a military Court Martial if found culpable.

Disclosing this in a statement on Friday, February 12, acting director of army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said the senior officers “comprised of comprised of 3 serving Major Generals, and one retired, 3 Brigadier Generals, 4 Colonels and 1 Lieutenant Colonel.”

[Online Nigeria]

 

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