A civil society organisation, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance (CACOBAG), has dragged the former Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Lawal Daura, before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over two foreign bank accounts allegedly linked to the spy master sacked last week by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The CSO in a statement signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Toyin Raheem, and made available to the media yesterday expressed support for Daura’s sack, saying such would pave the way for the unraveling of a lot of graft allegations that have been swirling around the security chief for sometime.
According to the group, “We have been calling on EFCC for some weeks now to unravel the mystery face behind a pseudo name used to operate two foreign accounts into which some part of over £3million allegedly paid by the federal government to secure the release of some of the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok and Dapchi towns in Borno and Yobe States respectively has been traced to.
“We are glad to tell Nigerians that our formal petition with documentary evidence is now ready and will be submitted to the EFCC on Tuesday in Abuja so that the anti-graft agency can have a lead to work on in unraveling the link between Daura and the name Auwalu Kallamu.”
CACOBAG said information available to the group show that foreign investigators have been probing alleged diversion of millions of Euros by a Nigerian security chief using the pseudo name as part of payments to secure the release of some of the abducted girls.
The foreign intelligence, it was learnt, raised the red flag on how suspected proceeds from over £3million ransom funds were stashed at Lamda Privat Bank in the Swiss-German principality, Liechtenstein, through some accomplices.
The Nigerian suspect with Niger Republic dual nationality, was said to have worked with others including a Swiss with Brazilian dual nationality, another Nigerian/British citizen, a Briton and an Israeli with German dual nationality.
Consequently, Israeli police was the first to launch an investigation and subsequently arrested one of its citizens and others on account of bribery and corrupting foreign government officials, in which the Nigerian security chief’s name featured prominently.
The anti-graft NGO said foreign probe reports have established the true owner of -GmbH bank account no. 32570021 with Lamda Privat Bank, Liechtenstein, under the pseudo name as the sole signatory. The names are said to be the Arabic synonyms of Nigerian names.
“CACOBAG is determined to see the investigation on this matter is not stalled by any means whatsoever. We have trust that EFCC will do the needful and will save us from the ridicule brought upon the country by the unscrupulous security chief, the fake Auwalu Kallamu upon the formal submission of our petition this week. This is by exposing him and punishing him according to our law.
Only this will prove to the world our seriousness in the fight against corruption. However, let us warn, any attempt to sweep this matter under the carpet will be resisted by the mass of our people and CACOBAG will take all legitimate means to compel EFCC to do its work. This will not be limited to going to court to seek an order of mandamus to compel EFCC to investigate and release its findings to the public, we shall also mobilize Nigerians to embark on peaceful protests to demand action on this shameful act,” Raheem vowed.