Abuja – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest with the country’s former national security adviser, accusing him of stealing around $2 billion received for phantom arms contracts, the presidency said.
The arrest order belongs to a campaign by Buhari, who was elected in March, to tackle graft which includes enriched the top but left most normal people poverty.
Buhari’s office said former security adviser Sambo Dasuki had “awarded fictitious and phantom contracts” worth around $2 billion for jets, helicopters and ammunition for your army to fight the jihadist Boko Haram group that have been never delivered.
Under Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, when Dasuki was in office, Boko Haram took control of areas of Nigeria’s northeast where it’s looking to operate an Islamic state.
“Had the funds siphoned… been properly used for the purpose they were meant for, thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided,” the presidency said late on Tuesday.
There was no immediate comment from Dasuki. In a statement attributed to him by local media he was quoted as saying he had always served Nigeria “with the best of intentions”.
Recently, Nigeria, maintained by its neighbors, has recaptured much of the territory initially lost to Boko Haram though suicide bombings and also other attacks blamed by officials for the militant group remain a part of way of life inside the north.
Boko Haram has waged a six-year campaign that has killed thousands and displaced 2.2million people.