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Dasuki: Group Dares EFCC To Publish Arms Deal Benefiting CSOs

Sambo Dasuki, Former NSA, FG
Posted: Apr 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa
The Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group (NDEBUMOG), a non-governmental organisation, has challenged the EFCC to make public the names of civil society organisations that collected funds in hard currency from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, under the guise of monitoring the 2015 general elections.
NDEBUMOG dared the commission in a statement on Friday by its Executive Director George-Hill Anthony , saying such civil society groups should be compelled to refund the monies and also face prosecution.
The group was reacting to a report credited to the EFCC in a national daily on 28 April that some civil society groups which monitored the country’s general elections benefited from the alleged arms deal scandal for which Dasuki was facing trial.
According to NDEBUMOG, the anti-graft agency claimed in the report that it had traced part of the looted slush funds in hard currency to a particular bank that had the names of some CSOs which monitored the general elections among those that benefited from the ex-NSA’s largesse.
“In view of the fact that corruption hasn’t spared any sector of Nigeria’s survival disequilibrium we hereby request the EFCC to urgently publish the list of the said civil society organisations that were involved in this national shame.
“Such groups must also refund the money so collected along with prosecution without the excuses of (any) claiming they were not aware the money was from national treasury.
“We have noticed earlier that some NGOs that benefited from “procurement” at the ONSA were published along with other “beneficiaries”.
“EFCC should do same on the “election monitors”. We are not surprised to hear about this concerning election observation in the country”, NDEBUMOG said.
It noted that the EFCC was doing a commendable job by tackling the monster of corruption with the belligerence it deserves, stressing that corruption has killed millions of Nigerians while many have been  rendered hopeless in a country that wealth can go round.
NDEBUMOG urged Nigerians who are victims of corruption to come together to save the country from the grip of corruption and give hope to the upcoming generations.
“The country has finally entered the era of “Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are! Even as excruciating suffering is hitting the masses daily with years of cancerous corruption partly responsible for magnitude of sufferings, the governing government of this moment needs to run with realistic remedies and not experimental sampling.
“It is necessary to further state that curiously Nigerians are observing MTN’s penalty deflectors evolving, including persons associated with it. Nigerians are no fools!” it added.