I was not invited to defend myself – Nigerian accused of stealing anti-terrorism money


Nigeria’s former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki has claimed that he was never invited to defend himself before a presidential committee that indicted him for diverting $2bn ($1.31) meant to fight Boko Haram militants.

Dasuki expressed his shock at learning that the panel had indicted him without inviting him  to give his own account.

“I have never been invited formally or informally to appear before the panel. I am therefore not only surprised but embarrassed by seeming indictment by the panel… that never contacted me,” Mr Dasuki is quoted as saying in a statement.

The former aide denied any wrong doing during his three-year tenure, saying he actually helped recover territories from the Boko Haram terrorists.

The retired army colonel said that some of the issues being mentioned occurred even before he came into office.

The panel was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate arms procurement from 2007 to 2015 and a presidential spokesman reportedly told the BBC that more people will be arrested in the coming days.