DSS re-arrests Dasuki, EFCC seizes Dokpesi in arms deal probe
ALTHOUGH operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday ended the nearly one-month old siege to the residence of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), he was re-arrested shortly after.
In what may be a related development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested the former chairman of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in connection with ongoing investigations into the arms deal trial of Dasuki.
He is the second individual to be arrested by the EFCC in connection with the ongoing trial.
Dokpesi, the EFCC alleged, is to answer questions over N2.1 billion said to have been received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
But a director of DAAR Communications said Dopkpesi going to EFCC had nothing to do with any arms deal and that he drove himself to the commission.
It would be recalled that former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, was arrested on Monday.
Spokesman to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for confirmation as at press time as his phone rang out without response.
The number of operatives around Dasuki’s 13 John Kadiya Street residence was obviously reduced and one of the two DSS operational vehicles, two blocks away from the residence, was not seen there yesterday.
The Guardian was told that the security operatives took Dasuki away around 9:00a.m. yesterday.
“No one knew what they discussed with him before he followed them in one of their operational SUVs, but it is apparent they want to question him on some things.
“Remember Dasuki had told Nigerians that he was neither responsible for the release of the funds nor the request for it, but all the funds that were released for the purchase of arms for the military were duly approved and signed by the then President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
So, for now, we believe the government would want to insist he put it down in a statement,” a source told The Guardian.
It was also gathered that the arrest of Dasuki may not be unconnected with the information gathered by the security agencies from some of the top government functionaries in the office of the NSA and others that served during the period.
According to a source at the DSS, who also confirmed that Dasuki was in custody, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is working closely with the DSS on the arms deal matter because “it has affected our operations as well.
The service would not arrest Dasuki if there were no issues that need answers.”
Since the beginning of last week, many officials who had served under Dasuki were being quizzed by the EFCC investigators. “It climaxed on Monday when it was confirmed that the former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Shuaibu Salisu, were among those being questioned by the anti-graft agency.
“Salisu is suspected to have been deeply involved in most of the deals under investigation, he is said to be one of the closest allies of the former NSA and was in the know of the deals. Their statements might have further sealed the lead that compromised Dasuki’s defence,” the source said.
The presidential spokesman earlier last month said the 13-man committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari had submitted an interim report that revealed monumental corruption, massive misappropriation of funds and blatant abuse of office in the guise of military procurements.