Ex-Nigeria Security Adviser, Two Others Arrested in Arms Probe

Nigerian authorities arrested three former government officials, including the national security adviser to the country’s past president, who were implicated in a report that alleged billions of dollars meant to buy weapons had gone missing.

Sambo Dasuki, who advised ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on security matters, has been arrested, his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, said by phone on Tuesday. He didn’t give a reason. Last month, government investigators directed by current President Muhammadu Buhari said Dasuki awarded “phantom” contracts for the purchase of jets, helicopters and bombs.

Sambo Dasuki

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The contracts were awarded as troops on the front line against Islamist militant group Boko Haram complained of shortages of food, ammunition and equipment, the government said.

Dasuki, 60, has denied the charges and said Jonathan had approved the purchases and the armed forces acknowledged delivery of the equipment. Dasuki has also appeared in court on charges of money laundering and weapons offenses, which he has also denied.

Bashir Yuguda, a former junior finance minister, and Attahiru Bafarawa, an ex-governor of northern Sokoto state, were also arrested as part of a criminal probe of $2 billion worth of arms contracts, Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said on Tuesday by phone from Abuja, the capital.

Buhari took office in May after beating Jonathan in elections.

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