Damning allegations are emerging on the part played by the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki in aiding Islamist fighters, Boko Haram, in the importation of illegal arms into the country.
This revelation was made by the National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Firearms (NATFORCE) on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, where it was also alleged that the arms were delivered to the terrorists.
According to a report by the Daily Post one of the documents released by NATFORCE revealed that over 22 trucks of arms, ammunition and light weapons were imported illegally into the country within the period.
The report, the plate numbers of the trucks which allegedly brought in the illegal arms into the country and which were allegedly cleared by the Customs include: “LSR468KD; KTU22XM; XW136RBC; LSD21ZL; 2578A0; BDG182XF; AGI463XX; XK442AB; LSD871XL; GT2131F; GT4813R; EKY361XC; GC9570R; LND692XL; TG7974AL; XL101BDG; TG2322AN; AG1390RB; TG3492AL; XV866APP; X875EPE and AU2080RB.”
Dr Okereke, a director general of NATFORCE, who petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, in a letter dated July 27, 2015 and titled: “abduction of Chief Dr. Osita Emmanuel Okereke, (OON) by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) & Sir. Mike Okiro, Chairman Police Service Commission,” alleged that the duo had vowed to kill him because of his refusal to back down on the activities of his agency in combating illegal importation of arms, ammunition and light weapons.
“When we alerted the presidency, ex-NSA Dasuki summoned Col. Isah, who was his boy, to Abuja for purported interrogation but little did we know that Col. Dasuki and ex-CG Custom Diko were hands in glove as Col. T Isah was never interrogated as he is their agent vide Sam Express Company acting as their agent.
“Col. Isah of 242 Battalions of the Nigerian Army Lagos has always acted the script of the former NSA; the ex-CG of Custom had at about the same period personally gave ex-NSA about 30 vehicles which contained arms were subsequently sent to Kaduna and packed at Ndediko Park along Nnamdi Azikiwe Way near Mando, Kaduna State.
“It would not be out of place if your Excellency finds time and confronts Col. Dasuki with the ownership of the said arms and ammunition as the whole incident was engineered by him and the ex-CG of Custom by name Mr. Diko.
“Sir, it will be noteworthy to mention that Col. Dasuki and the former CG of Customs swore that they would eliminate me (Dr. Okereke) from the surface of this earth; they have followed up with actions. There have been assassination attempts on my life hatched by the CG of customs and retired Col. Dasuki,” he added.
Daily Post also reported that the NATFORCE had in a letter to former president Goodluck Jonathan, dated December 3, 2014 with Ref: NTF/R.012/PWM/056, disclosed that Colonel Isah and a business mogul called Sam Express were allegedly in the habit of aiding and abetting importation and release of arms, some other weapons and contraband goods from Seme Border.
The former NSA was said to have sat on all the letters sent to the ex-president, even the one in which the group called on the federal government to request the scanning report from the Nigerian Customs and institute a high powered investigation into the matter, so as to bring the offenders to justice.
The former NSA’s family and friends have reportedly abandoned him since the arrest and commencement of the retired Colonel’s trial over the arms deal whilesome of his associates have been picked up by the anti-graft agency as they are looking forward to getting the truth about the arms deal.