Former Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki (pictured) has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2 billion from Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram effort, reports the BBC.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Bahari ordered the arrest of Dasuki, after it was unearthed that — under former Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan — Dasuki allegedly awarded “phantom contracts” for the purchase of four fighter jets, ammunition, and 12 helicopters.
Last year, the military repeatedly complained that they lacked the appropriate weapons to fight the terrorist group.
In particular, last August, at least 40 soldiers refused to fight until they received the appropriate weapons and ammunition.
Against Boko Haram, one soldier lamented, “Soldiers are dying like fowl.”
At the news of the mutiny, many wondered how one of Africa’s richest nations was struggling to match Boko Haram’s terror.
Ultimately, President Jonathan lost this year’s presidential election on his perceived inability to handle the militants.
Still, Dasuki has rejected the accusations.
Dasuki was already on house arrest for allegedly having illegal firearms in his possession.
So far, President Buhari has kept his promise that he will investigate the corruption in his predecessor’s administration.
In addition, he has prioritized the stamping out of Boko Haram, and so far, soldiers maintain that they have better equipment under Buhari’s administration.