FORMER National Secu­rity Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, dismissed graft allegations in the procure­ment of arms and equip­ment for the Armed Forces

Dasuki insisted in a state­ment yesterday he acted in national interest in the award of arm procurement contracts while in office.

Dasuki was indicted by the presidential probe committee, which looked into the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector. He was accused of awarding fictitious con­tracts worth N271.8 billion.

But, yesterday, Dasuki, who has been in a legal tan­go with the Department of State Services (DSS) over the seizure of his travel­ling documents, insisted he was not a thief or treasury looter.

According to him, he was just a ‘clearing house’ for contracts approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan on the request of the Armed Forces and the Defence sector.

“I have a lot to tell Ni­gerians but in the interim, they should not believe some of the allegations as the gospel truth. The good thing is that some of the key actors in the present administration were part of the past process being vi­ciously challenged.

“As for my tenure as the nation’s NSA, I acted in the interest of the nation and with utmost fear of God. I did not use the office for any self-serving agenda,” Dasuki stated.

He faulted the claim by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Ad­esina that he awarded con­tracts between March 2012 and March 2015, saying he was not yet the NSA as at March 2012. Dasuki added he was appointed on June 22, 2012.

He also picked holes in the findings of the probe committee, which he said never invited him to hear his side of the allegations.

“There were no fictitious contracts; contract sums were not diverted and the relevant services in writing acknowledged delivery of equipment…” he said.

Source : Nation Newspaper

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