The noose is tightening as the scope of Dasukigate gets wider every day. More people are interrogated over their role in the sharing of money for arms to fight terrorists in some northern states of the country, under the supervision of Col. Sambo Dasukigate (rtd). The latest is former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Lawal Jafaru Isa.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is reported to have on Wednesday night arrested the former Military Governor and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
Isa is the first chieftain of the APC arrested by the EFCC since the beginning of a sweeping probe into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.
He is also a close associate of President Mahammadu Buhari. Isa was said to have been arrested in his Asokoro, Abuja residence last night.
Isa , who is also a friend of the embattled former NSA, Dasukigate, is believed to have received N100 million from the office of NSA for undisclosed reason.
Isa, a retired brigadier general, was invited last week to appear before the commission on Wednesday (yesterday) to clear the air on “some questionable receipts” from the former NSA. Investigators believe the retired soldier received over N100million from Mr. Dasuki.
Rather than honouring the invitation, sources said, Isa wrote a letter to the EFCC through his lawyer, seeking a postponement of his appearance date on the grounds of death of a relative.
Dissatisfied with his excuse, the EFCC however arrested him to clarify the “questionable receipts”.
Isa was a Military Administrator of Kaduna State from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha and one-time governorship candidate of the defunct CPC in Kano State.
In the past few months some prominent Nigerians have either been questioned or charged to court for their part in sharing over $2.1b, with Dasuki the chief disbursed.