Former Vice President, Arc Namadi Sambo may be quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC any moment from now over his alleged role in the arms procurement deal, a probe which has ruffled the high and mighty in the business and political space across Nigeria. Sambo’s office complex in Abuja was raided by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, Monday, giving the lead to imminent moves by the commission to begin full scale investigations into his alleged involvement in the arms procurement scam.
A highly placed source in the EFCC, yesterday, told Nigerian Pilot that both the legal and the operations departments of the commission are working on some documents and intelligence they got during the interrogations of one of the aides of the former vice president who benefitted from the arms deal loot.
According to the source, the head of operations of the commission and legal, after filing the first preliminary ‎report on the outcome of the investigations, will brief the acting chairman of EFCC, ACP Ibrahim Magu before a formal letter of invitation will be sent to the former vice president.
He said that from findings so far, the embattled former vice president has some questions to clarify over his alleged involvement in the arms deal and how the 2015 presidential campaign was funded.
The EFCC operatives had during the weekend raided the office complex of the former VP, which is not far from the National Defence College along Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja, between 12noon and 6pm on Saturday.
The source further added that aside from being on the list of those to be probed for arms purchase scandal, it was gathered that the former vice president was also being investigated for his role as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation in the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He said that the EFCC operatives that carried out the raid carted away many documents from the office but did not arrest anybody.
It was learnt that the EFCC on Monday began an analysis of documents seized from the office of the former vice president.
Another top operative of the anti-graft agency, who confided in Nigerian Pilot, said the operatives were on a mission to seize evidence that would likely be used against Sambo.
It was learnt that the documents carted away from Sambo’s office in files included banking transactions and inventory of properties within and outside Nigeria as well as copies of his asset declaration forms.
The source said the operatives had traced several properties believed to belong to Sambo to the United Kingdom and the United States, apart from several others in the country.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the investigation would get to a stage where the former vice president would be requested to make clarifications on the properties traced to him.
The source said, “Our operatives carried out a special operation at one of the offices of the former Vice President, Mr. Namadi Sambo, on Saturday.
“Most of the documents they took away have to do with banking operations and properties within and outside the country.
“Most of the properties they have traced so far are in the United Kingdom and the United States. Apart from those outside, there are also several houses within the country.”
The source explained that the former vice president could only be summoned for interrogation at the conclusion of the ongoing analysis of the documents they got from the office.
“One cannot say when or whether the man would be questioned or not. Naturally, that can only happen after those analysing the documents are through with their job. His roles in the arms deals and as the chairman of the National Council on Privatisation in the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration are being investigated.”
A source close to the former vice president, who spoke to one of our correspondents on Monday on the raid on Sambo’s office, said the EFCC operatives did not ‘‘find what they were looking for.’’
According to him, the operatives believed that they would get bags of dollars, which they did not find.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the EFCC agents carted away copies of asset declaration forms, which the former vice president had submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Denying the involvement of the former vice president in the arms purchase scam or any shady deals, he said, “We are confident that nothing negative will be found about the former vice president. They are on a wild goose chase.”
Efforts to get the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, had not succeeded as of the time of filing this report as calls to his mobile phone did not get through.
As the Chairman of the NCP, Sambo supervised the work of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. The council approves enterprises that are to be sold or given out in concession. It approves the work schedule of BPE for the year and the list of companies that are shortlisted for bidding.
There was a report two weeks ago that Destra Investment, a company owned by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, allegedly paid N25million to a former Special Assistant to Sambo, Abba Dabo, on December 16, 2014‎.