Arms Deal: Dasuki Puts Buhari’s Anti Corruption War to Test [Reuters]

According to a Reuters report, President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war will be put to the test by trial of ex NSA Sambo Dasuki over a $2.1bn arms deal fraud.

True to his election promises, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has gone all out on corruption, alleging mind-boggling sums plundered from state coffers and giving investigators licence to pull in big hitters once thought untouchable.

Now comes the hard part: making the charges stick.

The first test comes on Wednesday with the opening of the trial of former National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki, accused of fraud over $68 million of defence spending, part of a wider $2.1 billion in arms deals under scrutiny.

Dasuki will be joined in court by ex-minister of state for finance Bashir Yuguda, an ex-director of finances at the NSA and a former head of the state oil firm, who also face corruption charges. Former defence minister Bello Haliru Mohammed has separately been accused of fraud and colluding with Dasuki. They have all pleaded not guilty.

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