$2b arms: EFCC probes Bode George, Odili, Bello

How many Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains got a slice of the “phoney” $2billion arms contracts cake?This is the riddle the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to resolve.

Its detectives are probing the role (if any) of Chief Olabode George, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili and a former General Officer  Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Maj.-Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello. Although the three were under EFCC’s watch yesterday, none of them had been arrested as at press time. In fact, George denied knowing former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki. Odili and Bello could not be reached for comments.The clues on them were said to be preliminary, based on references by some suspects.Three bank accounts belonging to the embattled former Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) finance director Mr. Shaibu Salisu have been frozen.

The EFCC shut down the accounts as part of the ongoing probe of the $2billion arms contracts.Also, the agency has invoked the Interim Assets Forfeiture clause in its Establishment Act to seize three duplexes, worth N810million in Lake View Estate in Abuja, which were allegedly traced to Salisu. Dasuki yesterday denied implicating anyone in his statement at the EFCC, which secured a court order to remand in custody some suspects, including the former NSA. The others are former Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister Bashir Yuguda, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi and 18 unnamed persons. The EFCC is said to have discovered that Salisu allegedly “diverted government funds and made illegal payments to his companies from ONSA’s accounts”.

The Nation stumbled on a document which indicates that four slush companies – Fanskan Equisite Travel Tours, Starr Concrete Blocks PPTYS, Famskan Exquisite Limited and Musim Ventures – were traced to Salisu.The document shows that the EFCC found that three duplexes (at N270 million each) in Lake View Jabi allegedly belong to Salisu, in spite of the fact that the name on the receipt is Yusuf Salisu. These duplexes were apart from a “mansion” in U Bur Dubai and a big farm in Zaria, Damwanzam Farms Limited (bearing the email address of the ex-director).It was also learnt that the EFCC was still looking at the business relationship between Salisu and Halal Hotel and Rekiya Hospital in Kaduna.A top EFCC source said: “We have frozen three key accounts of a former Director of Finance of ONSA. By the time the figures are collated, we will tell you the actual amount. But out of N600million deposited in one of the accounts on October 2, 2014, about N100million was  given to one Alh. Bashir.

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