The suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayodele Oke, has met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, where he admitted that his agency received the sum of $289,202,382 on the orders of former President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, ordered the suspension of Oke over the role of the NIA in the ownership of $43m (about N13bn) and other currencies uncovered in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.
the Osinbajo-led committee had directed Oke to submit documents to back his claim.
It was learnt that the suspended NIA boss had also gathered documents which would be formally submitted to the panel showing that the transaction was approved by Jonathan through the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
It was learnt that the transaction was known as an intervention fund for national security or special services with the aim of fighting insurgency during the six weeks period between February 14, when the Presidential/National Assembly elections were postponed and March 28, when the polls were held.
However, operatives of the EFCC are said to be working on the theory that the money was meant for the prosecution of the 2015 general elections.
“The DG admitted on record that the transaction was authorised by former President Jonathan and Col. Sambo Dasuki, and as such, was simply following orders from the commander-in-chief. He will submit memos and other documents as evidence.”
Explaining how the transaction took place, the source said a memo was raised by the National Petroleum Investment Management Service on February 25, 2015, two weeks after the postponement of the presidential election for ‘security’ reasons, based on Dasuki’s advice.
According to the memo, NAPIMS asked the CBN to release $289,202,382 to the NIA in cash.
The money was received by the NIA and kept in a safe house.
When asked why President Muhammadu Buhari was not briefed on the existence of the cash, the source said, “The DG NIA informed top security people in the government of the existence of the cash.
“Specifically in January 2016, a letter was written by the DG NIA to the NSA, Babagana Moguno, on the existence of the cash. The memo exists and will also be submitted to the panel.”
It was gathered that one of the posers the NIA would solve was why the apartment, where the money was kept, was registered in the name of the wife of the DG, Mrs. Folasade Oke.
Now,these are thought provoking questions on the mind of Nigerians…It is obvious that the DG of NIA had bad intent right from the onset. He probably wanted to sit on the money & convert it to his personal use. Why wasn’t President Buhari informed of this sensitive information when he took over power in May 2015? Why were President Buhari’s top security personnels briefed & yet didn’t convey this sensitive information to the president? All these men had the intention to share this money amongst themselves. If a government memo was issued for the release of such huge sums of money, why wasn’t the current government informed? So many questions that point accusing fingers the current government’s top aides. Atleast GEJ has been vindicated over this matter because the DG NIA kept this information to himself and his other cohorts in the current administration. Why was the safe house acquired in the name of the DG’s wife (who isn’t a government official)? Why wasn’t this money kept in the NIA’s account if it wasn’t for personal use? How could the DG’s wife acquire a property worth 250 million naira? What is the DG’s salary and that of his wife?