$2.1Billion Scandal: Falana Goes to International Court



FEMI Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, SAN, wants the International Criminal Court, ICC, to investigate the allegation of diversion of the $2.1bn arms funds by Sambo Dasuki, a colonel and former national security adviser, NSA, and some military and public officials.

Falana in a petition dated January 19, 2016, also wants on the ICC to bring to justice those who diverted the funds meant for the empowerment of the country’s security forces.

The human rights lawyer, in a petition sent to Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, asked the court to invite the federal government to provide written or oral testimonies at the seat of the court on the stolen funds.

In the same breath, Falana alleged that the sum of $322m and £5.5m from the money stolen and kept abroad by the late General Sani Abacha, allegedly transferred to Dasuki by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister, to prosecute the war on terror, was illegally diverted.

He noted that part of the stolen funds was used to fund the re-election campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.

Falana argued that those who engaged in the criminal diversion of the security funds should be held liable for the death of about 25,000 people, who were killed by the Boko Haram sect and the more than 2,000,000 people, who were displaced by the terrorists.

According to him, the federal government needs to fulfil its obligations by cooperating with the ICC to arrest suspected perpetrators of the stolen funds and provide other support to the ICC.

The human rights activist maintained that sufficient evidences gathered so far were sufficient to hold Dasuki and others that were being prosecuted for the scandal responsible for crimes against humanity.

—  Jan 25, 2016 @ 13:15 GMT


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