I collected $40m from Dasuki to settle militants –Jonathan’s cousin tells court

Cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibaola, on Tuesday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the $40m which he received from the detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), was used to settle militants in the Niger Delta.

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Azibaola was charged by the EFCC alongside his wife, Stella Azibaola and their Company, One Plus Holdings Nig. Ltd as 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively in the suit.
However, in March 2018, his wife Stella was acquitted of all charges. The court also struck out seven out of the nine-count criminal charge preferred against them

Under cross-examination from the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, Azibaola admitted to collecting the money from the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) but denied that the money was converted to personal use.

He said the money was for special assignment meant to assuage the security risk of the Niger Delta region of the country at that time and it was used for that.

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