Nigeria re-arraigns 7 over $2.1 billion arms deal theft  Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021


The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former military assistant to Colonel Sambo Dasuki. He was re-arraigned along with six others over alleged money laundering charges.

Colonel Dasuki is a former national security adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan who is on trial for arms deals amounting for over $2.1 billion.

The government has argued that billions of dollars budgeted to buy weapons and fight Boko Haram terrorists were stolen by Dasuki when he was national security adviser between 22 June 2012 and July 2015.

Mr. Dasuki has denied all charges and his lawyers have argued that Mr. Buhari was on a revenge mission decades after Dasuki and others removed him from power at gunpoint.

The seven suspects were re-arraigned on 13 count charges before Justice Babatunde Quadiri at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The re-arraignment came about three months after another judge of the court, Justice Gabriel Kolowale, withdrew from the case due to lack of diligent prosecution on the part of the EFCC.

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