Jonathan under attack for saying Dasuki didn’t steal $2.1billion

Condemnation have greeted comments by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan that his National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, did not steal $2.1bn contrary to the accusation by the EFCC.

Sambo Dasuki is currently being prosecuted by the anti-corruption agency.

Jonathan had said it's inconceivable to say that Dasuki stole $2.2bn, contending that his government, where Dasuki served as NSA, bought warships, aircraft and some equipment for the military.

Dasuki, who's been in detention since mid-2015, is being prosecuted by EFCC for alleged diversion of arms fund, totalling $2.1bn. Most of the money went into Jonathan's 2015 campaign.

Reacting, the Presidency called on Jonathan to allow the court to decide the fate of his former NSA.

Reacting to the comment, Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the courts should be allowed to decide the matter which he said was subjudice.

“The matter is subjudice. Let the courts decide,” the presidential spokesman said.

Allow Dasuki face his trial, PDP faction tells Jonathan
Also, a faction of the PDP under the leadership of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, asked Jonathan to allow Dasuki to face his trial.

The PDP said it was happy that neither Dasuki nor any other suspects claimed that they gave part of the money under investigation to it during the last general elections.

Spokespersons for the Sheriff-led faction of the party, Mr. Bernard Mikko, told Punch that, “We don't want to take issue with the former President on this matter, but we will want to say that the suspect and others like him, should be allowed to face their trial.

“Let the court determine if they are culpable or not. It is not our duty to defend or castigate anyone."