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Ex-ADC To Jonathan Refuses To Name N10bn Beneficiaries

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Saturday reached a dead end on in its interrogation of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ex-Aide-de-Camp, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe.

Our reporters reliably learnt that the former ADC insisted on the presence of his lawyers during the interrogation by the operatives of the commission.
It was also gathered that Adegbe, as he did last week, refused to name the beneficiaries of N10bn he allegedly got from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The money was said to have been diverted by the ONSA, under the stewardship of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), from the Signature Bonus Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
An operative of the EFCC, who was part of the interrogating team, said, “We have not made any progress. The man is insisting that he can only make statements in the presence of his lawyers. He has also refused to name the Peoples Democratic Party chieftains who benefited from the N10bn.”
Another source explained that the EFCC decided to detain Adegbe and two other personnel of the Army since no lawyer was available to be part of the investigation.
The source added, “The man, I mean the former ADC to Jonathan, is still being detained by the men investigating the $2.1bn arms deal.
“The operatives are asking him to mention how much he received from the former NSA and to provide a list of politicians who received the funds from him but he has not done so. He is with two others.
“He requested that he could only make his own statements in the presence of his lawyers.
“So, the operatives investigating the case, decided to keep them (suspects) over the weekend.”
Adegbe was arrested in Lagos on Wednesday last week and taken him to the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja where he was interrogated by some senior military officers.
Our reporters reliably gathered that he was arrested in connection with the ongoing probe into the alleged arms procurement scandal.
It was learnt that the former ADC and seven other serving army officers were handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at noon on Thursday.
Investigations revealed that the former ADC was undergoing a National Defence College course in one of the military institutions in the United Kingdom.
Credit:The Punch
A source, however, said he was recalled and arrested by the personnel of the Military Police and Directorate of Military Intelligence on his arrival in Lagos on Wednesday.


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