A panel set up to investigate the $9.3 million arms scandal, has ruled that Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president, Ayo Oritsejafor, and Niger Delta activist Asari Dokubo had no connection with the transaction.
You will recall that a private plane belonging to Oritsejafor was used in transporting the money to South Africa, and Dokubo had been accused of being one of the people who flew the plane.
A source told Vanguard that:
“A Special Team, comprising security agents, intelligence experts and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs investigated the $9.3m cash-for- arms deal and submitted its report to the Presidency.
The committee confirmed that the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsajefor had no connection with the transaction.
It was true that the CAN President’s jet was used but we found out that it was without his knowledge. As at the time in question, the aircraft was on lease. And you may be aware that the lease trend is peculiar to private jet owners in the country.
It is the view of the committee that Oritsajefor cannot be held liable for any shuttle made by a lease firm.
As for the manifest of the plane, the committee also discovered that the Niger Delta activist, Mujahedeen Asari Dokubo was not among those on board the transaction aircraft. There was no mention of Dokubo in the manifest presented during the investigation.”