Rich Black Sambo: Sambo Dasuki.
Was your word, “Scam,” or something else related to the primary foreign-exchange earner of the dominant team in the Inter-African Corruption League? If so, you have a keen understanding of the Republic of Nigeria’s few and negative contributions to world civilization. If not, it’s time for you to get acquainted with the Michael Jordan of the IACL, all time Hall of Famer Sambo Dasuki (left).
Stop tittering. We didn’t name this clown, we’re just reporting. And despite coming from one of the poorest countries on the planet (maybe “despite” is the wrong conjunction here), this black Sambo could buy and sell a lot of white 1%ers.
A former Nigerian national security adviser has been accused of embezzling more than $2 billion of government money allocated to purchasing weapons for the military to fight Islamic militant Boko Haram rebels, according to a government official. Nigerian President Muhammadu’s Buhari’s administration ordered the arrest of Sambo Dasuki for his alleged involvement in the procurement of arms and equipment in the armed forces and defense sector.
via Nigeria Corruption Allegations: Former Security Adviser Stole $2 Billion Through Military Deals.
Well, this also helps to explain why Nigeria’s oil wealth, and uncountable dollars of foreign aid, have flowed into the effort to stop Boko Haram, and nothing seems to have stopped the ragtag group, while Nigeria’s troops still have no shoes or training.
(Boko Haram, by the way, stands for “Education Forbidden!” – a distillation of the Sharia law that drives the group which advocates Islam and ignorance as alternatives).
How did Sambo’s scheme work:
Femi Adesina, an adviser to Buhari, released a statement Tuesday accusing Dasuki of awarding sham contracts to purchase 12 helicopters, four fighter jets and munitions that were never acquired. The statement says Dasuki also transfered $142.6 million from the Central Bank to a company with accounts in the United States, the Associated Press reported.
Adesina said the weaponry could have saved thousands of lives from the insurgency of Boko Haram militants.
”The findings made so far are extremely worrying considering that the interventions were granted within the same period that our troops fighting the insurgency in the North East were in desperate need of platforms, military equipment and ammunition,” Adesina said in the statement obtained by the Daily Post in Nigeria. “Had the funds siphoned to these non-performing companies been properly used for the purpose they were meant for, thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided.”
Yeah, or some other Nigerian scammer would have gotten them.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of Nigerians in the past six years. At least 32 people were killed Tuesday in an explosion in Yola, Nigeria, that was believed to be the work of Boko Haram militants.
Sambo denies it, of course. What’s Fulani or Hausa for “dindu nuffin?” Here’s what a Nigerian paper’s rundown on the scam says. The spelling and uneven use of dollar/euro equivalents is exactly as they have it:
Panel unveils how Nigeria was duped — facts & figures
N643.8b •$2.1b –
Extra budgetry interventions: $2.3b •N13.7b
Failed contracts (53 out of 513 awarded between 2007&2015): N3.8b
Cash paid to company without evidence of any contract: N2.2b•$1.6b •€9.9b
Fictitous contracts awarded: Four Alpha jets • 12 helicopters • Bombs & ammunition
Equipment purportedly paid for but not supplied: (?)
Contracts awarded to two firms: N350b •$1.6b • €9.9b
CBN transfers to banks without purpose on Dasuki’s instruction $132m • €9.9m
Yeah, the numbers don’t add up. Hey, it’s Nigeria. Ask us about the Nigerian Airborne MTTs some time. Here are some facts from that statement of the investigating panel, from Nigerian newspaper The National, with one edit — the numbers rounded to the first decimal point, because the original displayed them as impenetrable walls of figures: billions of Nigerian naira, accounted out to the penny:
So far the total extra budgetary interventions articulated by the committee is six hundred and forty three [point 8] billion naira (N643.8B).
The foreign currency component is to the tune of two [point 2] billion US dollars ($2.2B).
These amounts exclude grants from the state governments and funds collected by the DSS and Police. It was observed that in spite of this huge financial intervention, very little was expended to support defense procurement.
Who took the money? We’re reminded that Nigerian history alone doesn’t give rise to this question
We now return you to the investigators’ statement in progress.
The committee also observed that of 513 contracts awarded at $8.4 Billion; N2.2 Trillion and €54,000 (? yes, these numbers are not remotely close to one another -Ed.); fifty three (53) were failed contracts, amounting to $2.4 Billion and N13.7 Billion respectively.
Interestingly, it was noted that the amount of foreign currency spent on failed contracts was more than double the $1bn loan that the National Assembly approved for borrowing to fight the insurgency in the North East.
The guy not only stole all the money he had on hand, it looks like he stole money he didn’t even have to steal. Neat trick, that. Does not sell us on Nigeria’s verrsion of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, that’s for certain.
The committee also discovered that payments to the tune of three [point 9] billion naira (N3.9B) were made to a single company by the former NSA [National Security Advisor] without documented evidence of contractual agreements or fulfilment of tax obligations to the [Federal Government of Nigeria].
Further findings revealed that between March 2012 and March 2015, the erstwhile NSA, Lt.-Col MS Dasuki (rtd) awarded fictitious and phantom contracts to the tune of N2.2 B, $1.7B and €9.905 M. [We think we get it now. The numbers of naira, dollars and euros are not equivalents, they represent separate contracts denominated in these currencies. You need to sum them to get the full total of this guy’s (and presumably, his confederates’) stealing. -Ed.] The contracts which were said to be for the purchase of 4 Alpha Jets, 12 helicopters, bombs and ammunition were not executed and the equipment were never supplied to the Nigerian Air Force, neither are they in its inventory.
Wouldn’t be the first time stuff existed nowhere in Nigeria but on the property books of the Armed Forces. A lot of officers got rich during the embargo of South Africa by selling the spares that kept the SAAF’s Hercules fleet flying — sometimes by grounding and cannibalizing [oh, did we miss a trigger warning there? Sorry ’bout that] Nigerian Air Force aircraft.
Even more disturbing was the discovery that out of these figures, two companies were awarded contracts to the tune of N350,000,000.00, $1,661,670,469.71 and €9,905,477.00 alone. This was without prejudice to the consistent non-performance of the companies in the previous contracts awarded.
In other words, the government gave these shell companies money, the companies did nothing, and then the government gave them more money! Sounds like our government and Booz Allen.
Additionally, it was discovered that the former NSA directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to transfer the sum of $132 M and €9.9 M to the accounts of Societe D’equipmente Internationaux in West Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America for unascertained purposes, without any contract documents to explain the transactions.
Gee, who do you think might hold a position in the Societe D’equipmente Internationaux? We have a guess.
The findings made so far are extremely worrying, considering that the interventions were granted within the same period that our troops fighting the insurgency in the North East were in desperate need of platforms, military equipment and ammunition. Had the funds siphoned to these non performing companies been properly used for the purpose they were meant for, thousands of needless Nigerian deaths would have been avoided.
They’re just not surprising. And now they get to the real injury they have suffered — mockery, like this blog post. Well, they ought to tighten up their fiscal act or we shall taunt them a second time.
Furthermore, the ridicule Nigeria has faced in the international community would have been avoided.
Nah. If it wasn’t Sambo Dasuki, it would be some other Nigerian bringing your reputation into shadow and making your national defense a laughingstock. The last time you guys had good government, you insisted on independence, and that was the end o
It is worrisome and disappointing that those entrusted with the security of this great nation were busy using proxies to siphon the national treasury while innocent lives were wasted daily.
Dasuki is an interesting character, related to the Sultans of Sokoto, who are hereditary Muslim rulers of an area in northern Nigeria and the most senior of the former Muslim feudal leaders. Their Islam is a relatively tolerant and introspective (nowadays, anyway) Sufi strain.