•Fingers Abba Kyari, Lawal Daura
•Calls for probe, links money to Malabu oil deal
An anti-corruption crusader, Gen. Adamu Yusuf (rtd), narrated how some actors within Muhammadu Buhari presidency have been covering up the disappearance of a whopping sum of $2.1bn allegedly recovered in an Abuja residence said to belong to a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke.
The huge sum was reportedly recovered in block 6, flat 1, NNPC Housing Estate, Area 11, Abuja and was traced to the former Chief Law Officer of the Federation as part proceeds from the Malabu Oil Deal.
Adamu however, clarified that while Buhari may not be aware of this plot to cover up the ‘recovered loot’ since he was immediately out of office for six months on a medical trip after the incident.
To this end, he called on President Buhari who will be sworn in for his second term on Wednesday, May 29, to constitute a high powered probe panel into the alleged re-looting of the recovered fund.
Adamu who made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at a world Press conference insisted on his claim that the sum of $2.1 billion and gold bars were recovered and re-looted.
Speaking on the state of the nation as it relates to the ongoing war against corruption by the presidency, he further claimed that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and a former Director General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura are in full picture of the recovered loot.
General Yusuf at the conference told newsmen that information of the loot stashed in the house used by Adoke as a private office was leaked by a lady whistle blower.
But the fact checks conducted by TheCable “confirmed that the house that was raided at the NNPC Quarters in Garki, Abuja, belongs to Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla, who held forth as the accountant-general of the federation from June 28, 2011 to June 12, 2015. The house of Adoke, who was attorney-general of the federation from April 6, 2010 to May 29, 2015, was located in Maitama, also in Abuja. Adoke told TheCable that he does not own a house in Garki. The confusion must have come from the use of the abbreviation, AGF, for both the accountant-general of the federation and the attorney-general of the federation”.
On the recovery of $2.1 billion cash and gold bars in the house TheCable fact-check sated: ““The good thing is that DSS normally records its operations, so Daura simply played back the video to the president. The operatives found only $20,000 and trinkets. There were no gold bars and no $2 billion or N2 billion. The president did not act any further when he saw the evidence.”
But Adamu has dismissed these counter-claims as an orchestrated media onslaught to discredit and silence him, noting that he has tried unsuccessfully in the past to get his message across, hence the need for another round of press Conference.
He said: “I’m here to make a press statement on what transpired on October 30, 2015.
“I got an information that a lump sum of foreign currency and gold bars were housed at block 6, flat 1, Area 11 at NNPC quarters, Abuja.”
“So, I met the Chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and revealed to him what I was told. And Kyari promptly alerted the DSS for an operation on the house.
“On Friday October 30, 2015, the operation was carried out by DSS operatives after a 3-day surveillance around the house.”
“We recovered Gold Bars and the lump sum of $2.1bn in the said house. In fact, the operation was successful.”
General Yusuf added that sadly the recovered loot was not deposited in the Federal treasury, explained that findings revealed that the said loot was neither with the Central bank of Nigeria, CBN nor with the DSS that carried out the operation that led to the recovery of the money and gold.
Yusuf said that all efforts by him and other whistle blowers to locate the whereabouts of the money have been unsuccessful.
In a petition dated September 4, 2018, to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation, Abubakar Malami, obtained by journalists, the general demanded a full scale probe into the disappearance of the said loot.
Besides, the Army General said he had petitioned the Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property and that the panel headed by Okoi Obla had carried out a successful investigation into the matter.
Yusuf also called on Buhari not to allow the matter to be swept under the carpet, saying the huge amount can fund some developmental projects that can make life more meaningful to Nigerians.
He also demanded that 20 percent of the recovered loot be paid to the whistle-blowers in line with the Federal government policy on whistleblowing.
Answering a question, the retired general said text messages and conversations he had with Kyari on the issue, especially on the whereabouts of the loot were all wiped off after he received a particular call from him.
He therefore pleaded with the president to quickly set a probe panel into the matter in view of the huge sums in foreign currency involved, adding that both Abba Kyari and Lawal Daura would be of tremendous help to President Buhari in the course of investigation.