#DasukiGate: Saliu Atawodi Denies Involvement in Controversial $2.1 billion Arms Deal


Former chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Security, Air Vice Marshal Saliu Atawodi has denied any link with the controversial $2.1 billion arms purchase deal under which former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) was arrested for by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Atawodi was arrested in December by EFCC, then released shortly after.

Here’s the ThisDay report;

The former air chief claimed he never worked under Dasuki in the office of NSA and as such has nothing to do with the huge sum allegedly mismanaged.

He spoke via his lawyer Wahab Olatoye, who advised that he should not be linked with any negative issue he knew nothing about while in and out of office.

Olatoye further stated that it was “mischievous, embarrassing and unwarranted for anybody or group to have dragged his client into the alleged scandalous arms deal,” adding that he had served the nation for years without blemish.

His lawyer, however, admitted that a baseless and frivolous petition was written against his client in 2012 while he served as the chairman of PICOMMS under the late NSA, Major General Owoye Azazi and that the petition after a thorough probe was found worthless and thrown out by the investigating body.

Olatoye insisted that his client was never indicted by the EFCC, ICPC or any other investigative panel and wondered why the retired air marshal could be linked to an issue in which he had not in any way participated or involved.

Source: ThisDay

13 Comments on #DasukiGate: Saliu Atawodi Denies Involvement in Controversial $2.1 billion Arms Deal
  • The Phantom January 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    At least now the truth is coming out…EFCC picks people up for baseless allegations with facts or any investigation.

  • The Phantom January 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    At least now the truth is coming out…EFCC picks people up for baseless allegations with no facts or investigation.

  • Bulus Nabania January 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty I guess

  • James January 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    BN good on you for covering both sides. Lets see how this pans out

  • Mr Elegushi January 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Since I’ve known myself to be me, I’ve never ever in my entire life heard of anything bad about this man. Are we going to say he’s good at what he does or he stays away from anything that may put a dent to his name. So therefore, I feel the media or anyone passing the wrong message across should be careful and not drag the name of an innocent man into the whole Dasuki mess. Justice has been done and his name has been cleared. God doesn’t watch his people suffer for nothing.

  • Zee January 8, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Knowing the AVM, I am sure he is obviously being wrongly accused. Watch how this story has been circulating for a while with no results because there’s nothing to charge!

  • Mrs Okafor January 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Shame how people try to bring down other people’s names when they do not get their evil ways. God delivers those who are faithful to him. Our congregation prayed for you sir and that your person stays unblemished.
    Mrs Okafor from St Matthews Anglican church.

  • Bode January 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Well if dey say he iz not a looter! ok oooo! Bt if he is abeg throw am for kirikiri join em coursemate!

  • Tundss January 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    the lengths to which they are tarnishing this mans name sha. Bad belle people to dey this country

  • akor January 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    i have known avm ata from mkd to be a focus,discipline n kind officer infact a model,was so suprise when his name was mentioned,i bliv n pray he has no hand in this whole mess bcos he deserve a good rest after years of rendering great service to nigeria

  • chijioke January 10, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I have tried to see AVM ATAWODI in the Dasukigate but try had as I could, I could see him there. Is it a case of mistaken identity? This AVM never served under Dasuki while in office so couldn’t have had anything to do with the Dasukigate. I strong believe something is wrong somewhere. Maybe he collected the money before the it was released by the federal government.

  • chijioke January 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I have tried to see AVM Atawodi in the Dasukigatebbut try hard as I could , i couldnt see him there o!. Are there other AVM ATOWODI s? You never can tell. Please this one never worked under Dasuki

  • thetruth January 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Dis guy is obviously guilty, and he don take much more than 600m. Lives in a mansion in Abuja and just bought hisself a new rolls royce and his son a porsche which he den recently crashed in Abuja. He pay for all the comments above dis and dats a fact oooooo. How might a man live so richly as a naval officer? In Nigeria, anything dey possible.

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