Nigeria's ex-national security adviser charged with money laundering

AFP , Monday 26 Oct 2015

Nigerian authorities on Monday filed charges of money laundering against the former national security adviser of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, a month after hitting him with arms charges.

Sambo Dasuki, 60, first appeared before a federal high court in the capital Abuja last month on charges of illegal weapons possession but was later released on bail.

When his case resumed on Monday, the prosecutors added new charges of "retention" and "concealment" of "funds that form part of the proceeds of an unlawful act."

The charges gave no further details.

Nigerian secret police in July raided Dasuki's homes in Abuja and the northern city of Sokoto after his sacking by President Mohammadu Buhari, who took office in May.

Prosecutors alleged that a cache of arms and ammunition was found during the raids, along with a total of $210,000 (191,000 euros) and 42.6 million naira ($213,000, 194,000 euros).

Dasuki, who served as national security adviser for three years starting in June 2012, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The case was adjourned to Wednesday.

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