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$2.1b arms deals: EFCC quizzes ex-DIG over N250m payment

$2.1b arms deals: EFCC quizzes ex-DIG over N250m payment

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have quizzed a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police for allegedly receiving N250 million from the $2.1 billion arms cash.

The ex-DIG, who is said to have made “a useful statement” on the matter, is likely to be prosecuted.

He allegedly received the N250million from the Office of National Security Adviser( ONSA) for operations.

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The cash was allocated to him without the knowledge of his immediate boss, a former Inspector-General of Police.

It was gathered that the strange payment was managed alone by the former DIG without official records.

An EFCC source said: “Preliminary findings have confirmed that the payment was from the $2.1billion arms deals allegedly mismanaged by the Office of National Security Adviser( ONSA) under ex-NSA.

“The cash was advanced to the ex-DIG by ONSA without the knowledge of his superior, a former IGP. Detectives are suspecting alleged laundering of the N250million because the cash was managed by the ex-police chief alone.”

The former police chief was reportedly asked to explain how he came about the cash and what it was spent on.

“There is every likelihood that the DIG might be put on trial if he cannot refund the N250 million which was part of the arms procurement funds,” the source said.

The EFCC has restricted the movement of the ex-DIG to the country, pending the conclusion of the probe.

The Presidency had handed over a former Chief of Defence Staff and 17 others, including 12 senior military officers and 22 companies, to EFCC for investigation on the alleged $2.1 billion arms deals.

The former Chief of Defence Staff, two ex-Chiefs of Air Staf and a former Chief of Naval Staff are among those presently on trial.

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Some of the areas of investigation are:

How 10 contracts totalling $930,500,690.00 were awarded;
payment of N4,402,687,569.41 for unexecuted contracts,
procurement of two used Mi-24V Helicopters instead of the recommended Mi-35M series at $136,944,000.00,
four used Alpha-Jets for the NAF at $7,180,000.00 funded by ONSA;

cannibalisation of engines from NAF fleet to justify procurement of jets;

excessive pricing of 36D6 Low Level Air Defence Radar at $33m instead of $6m per one;

delivery of radars without vital component of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) that distinguishes between own and adversary aircraft;

strange transfer of $2m to Mono Marine Corporation Nigeria Limited owned by some Air Force officers;

N15bn lavished on the maintenance of NAF Alpha-Jets, C-130H aircraft and Mi-24V/35P helicopters;

N2.5 billion contracts awarded to Syrius Technologies( Ukrainian company) not registered in Nigeria;

Award of seven contracts worth N599,118,000.00 contracts to Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria(DICON) but two delivered.

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