Sambo Dasuki, embattled former national security adviser, paid $40 million to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, Aziboala Roberts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said.


According to a statement by EFCC, counsel to the commission, F.A. Jirbo, said Roberts, who is being held by the EFCC, received the money in September 2014 for supplying “tactical communication kits”.


Jirbo said the mandate form from Dasuki revealed that the money was wired from the Citibank N.A. Canada Square Canary, Canada, into the Zenith Bank Plc account of Oneplus Holdings Ltd, Robert’s company.


On December 8, 2014, the EFCC said, Robert received another N650 million from Dasuki.


The EFCC added that the second suspect, Dakoru Atukpa, who is also executive director, projects, at Oneplus, claimed to have used the funds for demobilization of pipeline vandals, peace-building initiatives and easing of oil production through the NNPC LNG projects in Olokola and Brass in 2014.


Chris Uche, a senior advocate of Nigeria and counsel to the applicant, however, said EFCC’s failure to release his clients is “a blatant disrespect and disobedience of the court’s order”.