- Haliru, son to be docked tomorrow’
- ‘We rejected $3m spiritual fund from Dasuki’
Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDP-PCO, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, is in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC dragnet, and will be quizzed for his alleged involvement in the $2.1billion arms deal saga any moment from now.
Sources at the anti-graft agency told Nigerian Pilot that the commission has already concluded plans to officially send a letter of invitation to the embattled PDP king pin early this January for interactions in connection with his role in the ongoing arms deal probe.
Others to be interrogated alongside the former PDP national chairman are former ministers of defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, Olusola Obada and former senate president, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
Ayu is said to have collected a whopping N345million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, as fee for security consultancy.
Already, the EFCC has filed charges against a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello, and his son, Abbah, for allegedly collecting N600 million from the embattled former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki and principal officers and fund managers of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PCO.
The purpose of collecting the huge sum was not stated but the EFCC alleged the money might have been diverted from the public treasury for political purposes.
The anti-graft agency has approached an Abuja Federal judge to file charges against the father and son.
Nigerian Pilot further gathered that the two men are likely to be docked tomorrow.
Abbah Mohammed is alleged to have received N600million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, in the name of Bam Properties but the reason for the transfer of the money to the company was not disclosed.
The EFCC has already arrested and arraigned many top officials and companies related to the previous administration for receiving large payments from the ONSA from the funds set aside for the procurement of arms to tackle Boko Haram.
The former NSA himself was charged along with many senior administration officials and PDP bigwigs for benefitting from the alleged loot.
Many of them have however been released on bail while others are yet to fulfil their bail conditions.
The source further added that many PDP bigwigs will be picked in connection with the ongoing arms deal probe.
Efforts by our correspondent to reach the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren proved abortive as his phones were switched off.
‘…We rejected $3 million spiritual fund from Dasuki’
In a similar development, the Conference of Islamic Organisations, CIO, and The Muslim Congress, TMC, said they were also approached with about $3 million from the $2.1 billion arms deal during the 2015 presidential electioneering campaign but rejected the offer.
The groups said the money was meant for securing the support of Muslim organisations in Nigeria and especially the Lagos-based groups ahead of the elections.
Coordinator of CIO, Abdullahi Shuaib, who made this clarification during the 22nd National Islamic Training Programme, NITP holding at Odosengolu near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, said the fund was rejected because it was a trap for the religion organisations.
Imam Shuaib, who is also the Executive Director/CEO, Zakat and Sadaqat foundation, an arm of TMC, said they considered the money as bribe which he said is against the doctrines of Islam.
Shuaib said though the group wasn’t initially aware of the money being from the funds meant to purchase arms for the Nigerian Army but considered its receipt and morally unethical.
He said, “It is not a secret, they came, offering us over three million dollars; we said no….It came through their proxy to us and we said no. And today we have been vindicated and it is not even part of our own culture to take bribe. Even we prefer to go hungry than to collect a bribe from somebody and then eat what is unlawful.
“The money was rejected because we know very well that it was bait; it was a poison and you cannot eat and dine with the devil and think the devil will not come after you.
“The same thing was done to us, we were approached but we vehemently opposed it. We said clearly no. It is completely un-Islamic. All those organisations that actually took and swallowed the bait, today, they all know what it means for them to have allowed the devil and themselves to eat and dine with the devil.
“So, it is morally wrong, it is unethical for any organisation, either Muslim or Christian or traditionalist to have indulge in that reckless looting of treasury, the common wealth and there is no way they can exonerate themselves because they have desecrated the house of God because they symbolises the House of God and they have desecrated it and it is a sacrilege and it is wrong.”
It would be recalled that former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki reportedly told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC investigators that he allocated about N4 billion out of the $2.1 billion arms deal to former governor Attahiru Bafarawa for religious activities.
Earlier in his opening address, the Amir (President) of TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, identified bad governance, corruption and Godlessness as some of the factors responsible for the challenges facing Nigeria.
He maintained that the problem will remain with Nigeria until all Nigerians imbibe positive attitudes in all their activities, adding that the concept of change is a vehicle to get to the Promised Land.
“Nigerians failed to realise its development objectives because many of us lack traits of total leadership.
“Nigeria at the dawn of independence witnessed remarkable socio-economic and political developments, which earned her the appellation ‘Giant of Africa and Hope of the Black Race’.
“Our change is different from the APC’s change and PDP’s transformation agenda. Rather it is more all-embracing because change in Islam is rooted in morality, piety and goodness.
“If the prescriptions of Allah on dynamics of change as contained in the verse above are imbibed and practically enforced by Muslims, Nigeria will undergo a sustainable socio-economic and political development for the benefit of all and sundry.
“We need Muslims with a clear change vision, a comprehensive Da’wah programme, having fixed priorities and well defined strategies to change Nigeria for the best,” the President said.
On Boko Haram, AbdurRaheem vowed that TMC will counter all indoctrinations of Muslims in Nigeria by the extremist group through education and sound Islamic knowledge.
“If you look at The Muslim Congress, TMC, and other responsible Islamic organisations in the South West, you see that we have been able to give our youth proper education. So, it is very difficult to lure Muslims in South West to some of these criminal activities because all our organisations are registered by government.
“There is need for collaboration and idea sharing, that is why we are not limiting our activities to South West. As we speak, we have establish a branch in Abuja, a branch in Niger and within the last week we are also working with our brothers in Yobe State who have seen the need to associate with the responsible Islamic organization.
“We are not anti State. Any organisation that is anti State, it means building a State within a State and that is terrorism. We should respect the Military; we should respect the Police, because they are there to protect lives and property.
“Once you said you don’t recognise them, then you have problem. That is what happened to Shi’ites in Nigeria. So, you don’t indoctrinate your people. Let them be informed, let them be educated so that where you and government clash on ideological grounds, you go to court.
“For instance, if you look at the issue of Hijab, we are in court with some other organisation. But in some parts of the world, they will start demonstrating, killing, causing commotion. We don’t allow that in our own organisation,” he said.
In his lecture on the theme of the camping programme -‘Change: The Islamic Approach’, the guest speaker, Ustaz Abdulateef Sulaiman maintained that Islam provides the best model of change and solving world problems.
Ustaz Sulaiman who is a senior lecturer at St. Augustine College of Education, Yaba, recalled how Islam ruled the world and offers the best leadership style.
He asked Nigerians to be patient and ready to bear the consequences, pains and sacrifices resulting from positive change.