From Aliyu Muhammad, Kaduna
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has condemned the agencies handling the former NSA Sambo Dasuki’s misappropriation of arms purchase funds of selective justice after they singled out former Sokoto governor Dr. Attahiru Bafarawa out of the six persons involved in similar transactions.
This is contained in a statement they issued to newsmen recently and signed by the President of the Forum Alhaji Yerima Shettima.
The group also called for the separation of Bafarawa’s case from that of the former NSA as they claim that the former NSA has long-standing issues with President Muhammadu Buhari while Bafarawa is in good terms with him.
The group explained “It is unacceptable to pick out a single individual out of six persons that were being suspected of wrongdoing, for sanctions. This betrays the logic of balance and standard practice of investigation.”
AYCF further mentioned names of some prominent Nigerians given the same amounts as Bafarawa that have not faced the same treatment as the former Sokota governor saying.
“It is on record that the other five Nigerians involved included Chief Bode George ( Southwest), Alhaji Yerima Abdullahi (Northeast), Chief Peter Odili (South-South); Chief Jim Nwobodo (Southeast) and Dr. Ahmad Ali ( North-Central). Each of these people, just like Bafarawa, got N100million as PDP’s logistics support for the 2015 campaigns in all of the aforementioned geo-political zones.
“To single out Bafarawa for trial, therefore, amounts to selective justice, which is harmful to democracy and the rule of law.”
The group declared that it has records at its disposal, that proves that Bafarawa disbursed the funds as demanded to the required PDP stakeholders using bank electronic funds transfer, something that cannot be said of the other beneficiaries of the same funds.
The statement mentioned names of the beneficiaries saying Kebbi State’s Abdullahi Yelwa’s Access Bank Account No: 0050222872 was credited with the sum of N15,600,000 on 12/01/15, Jigawa State’s Bashir M. Dalhatu’s Zenith Bank Account No. 1003873037 was credited with N15,600,000 on 12/01/15, Zamfara State’s Bala Mohammed Mande’s Keystone Bank account No. 1001340999 got N15,700,000 on 12/01/15 and Kaduna State’s Senator Musa Bello had his Diamond Bank Account No. 0025256324 credited with N16,200,000 on 12/01/15.
Also, in Kano State Habibu Shuaibu’s Zenith Bank account No. 1002417106 on 12/01/15 was credited with N15,100,000.
Others are Katsina State’s Amb. Adamu Saidu Daura got his Keystone Bank account No. 1002074068 credited with N15,700,000 on 17/3/15, In Sokoto State, Eng . Muhammad Tori got the cash payment of N3,300,000 on 23/1/15, Ahmed Mohd Gusau, a resident of Sokoto got the cash payment of N3,000,000 on 23/01/15. The net total of the above disbursements stands at N100,200,000.
The group also mentioned that even as Bafarawa did the needful he even added N200,000:00 from his personal account to ensure his loyalty to his party.
In its conclusion the forum declared that Bafarawa is not being subjected to established procedures of investigation, thereby making the agencies in charge of the case vulnerable to selective justice and called for immediate correction of the case procedures.
AYCF accuses agencies handling Dasuki’s case of selective justice
From Aliyu Muhammad, Kaduna