$2.1billion arms deal: Jonathan should be prosecuted – Ndume


Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Thursday called for the prosecution of former President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged mismanagement of $2.1billion by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Ndume also said Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, should be held accountable for protracted crisis in Rivers State.

Ali Ndume

Ali Ndume

He said, if Jonathan who approved $2.1 billion for the purchase of arms later gave directive that the money should be shared he deserved to be prosecuted.

“I am not defending President Jonathan but he approved that this money be used for procurement of arms. So if the law says he should be part of those that should be part of the accountability or those that should face justice, I think nobody should be spared.

“I really don’t want to make comment on that but anybody that is involved in that blood money should be held responsible.

“If the president approved that money in the name of buying arms while giving a directive that it should be shared among his cronies, then he should face the law.
“If anybody is supposed to buy arms and you gave them money to buy arms, as the president, after some time you should ask `where are the arms anyway’. Let me add and clearly that is my position, if because of this or any other criminality Jonathan should face the law, he should, I did, I am facing the law.

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“Nobody is supposed to be above the law, if Jonathan is a culprit he should face the law: if there is evidence that the former president should face the law then he should. After all, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Ndume also said the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), was being blown out of proportion as he wondered why his own trial on sponsorship of Boko Haram was not getting the kind of attention that Saraki’s trial by the CCT is receiving.

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He said:“Do you know that I am still in court on a more serious issue.
“The President of the Senate is in court for assets declaration but I am in court for a more serious issue that I am alleged to be a sponsor of Boko Haram
“I have been in court for four years so why is it not an issue.

“I have not complained, it is not a bid deal. I am still the Leader of the Senate and my role is as important as that of the President of the Senate but it is not a big deal.

“Why are you making his own case a big deal? I think the Nigerian press trivializes things, dramatises issues, concentrates on events and personalities instead of ideas: does that help us?”

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