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Abati Willing to Refund N5m to EFCC

Owing to the rigorous interrogation from the Economic and financial Crime Commission (EFCC), a former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, reportedly admitted receiving the sum of N50 million from the controversial immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo dasuki but told the anti-graft agency that he only has N5 million to reimburse the government.
The government said the money was part of $2.1 billion earmarked for the purchase of arms for the fight against Boko Haram.
Mr. Dasuki is standing trial for allegedly misappropriating the money.
Sources at the anti-graft agency on Monday night said that Mr. Abati offered to refund N5 million to the government.
The source said Mr. Abati allegedly failed to furnish the EFCC with records of how the N50 million was disbursed.
The former spokesperson reportedly said he did not keep notes of such expenses as they were doled out to media practitioners across the country as part of the 2015 campaign activities.
Abati, who was detained when he reported at the EFCC headquarters a week ago, may be allowed to go home if he is able to meet an administrative bail granted to him last week.
He had not been able to meet the bail requirements, which included presenting a senior federal civil servant —from the level of a director— as surety.
“He may be released in the coming days despite his refusal to fully cooperate with us,” one EFCC source said.
On Monday, Mr. Abati, alongside a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, and Musiliu Obanikoro, were visited in custody by a Catholic cleric, Matthew Kukah.
Mr. Obanikoro has been in EFCC custody since he turned himself in hours after returning to the country on October 17.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was rearrested outside a Lagos court on October 21.
A statement by the EFCC said Mr. Kukah commended the agency for taking a good care of the detainees.

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