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N2.2 billion was spent on Prayers againsts Boko Haram – EFCC witness tells court

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As the trial of former National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki continued on Tuesday, 10 November, EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigative officer Adariko Michael told the court that investigations found that N2.2 billion was allegedly spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war in Nigeria against the Boko Haram insurgency.

In the suspected $2 billion arms deal scam, Adariko gave testimony as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of Sambo Dasuki. Others charged with Dasuki, a retired colonel, are Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited, a former General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

They were charged by the EFCC with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of confidence, deceptive release, and reception of different amounts of money.

Driven in evidence by the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, Adariko told the court that N750 million was allegedly transferred to First Bank’s account of Reliance Referral Hospital Limited from a special account linked to the office of Dasuki.

He added that N650 million was also transferred to EcoBank ‘s account with Acacia Holding Limited, while a further N600 million and N200 million were transferred to UBA ‘s account with the firm.

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Driven in evidence by the EFCC lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, Adariko told the court that N750 million was allegedly transferred to First Bank’s account of Reliance Referral Hospital Limited from a special account linked to the office of Dasuki.

He added that N650 million was also transferred to EcoBank ‘s account with Acacia Holding Limited, while a further N600 million and N200 million were transferred to UBA ‘s account with the firm.

“N50 million was allocated to the Reliance Referral Hospital account between September 27, 2013, and April 16, 2015. As an investigation officer, we find out that money was distributed to many individuals and firms on the basis of responses from the banks involved.

We asked the second defendant (Aminu Babakusa) the explanation for this, when we went through the account statement. He told us that the money was used in the Boko Haram crisis to employ clerics to pray for the country.

When we asked him to provide the clerics he hired to pray for the nation with the names, contacts and phone numbers, he mentioned only two,’ he said.

After listening to the testimony of Adariko, the case was adjourned until 11 November for the trial to proceed.

After his arrest in 2015, Mr Dasuki spent four years in prison for suspected misappropriation of N2.2 billion intended for weapons procurement during his tenure as former President Goodluck Jonathan’s National Security Adviser. He was eventually released on December 24, 2019, after the Federal Government had repeatedly refused to honour court orders granting him bail, including an ECOWAS court judgment in 2016.

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