Reports circulating indicate that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has started thorough investigations into the role of about 20 companies allegedly involved in the arms deal scandal.
According to Punch, the EFCC has noted 7 CEOs and 4 former top civil servants to be interrogated before the end of August.
Also about 6 companies would pay a total of about N2.4billion as tax for defence contracts from 2007 to 2015.
The CEOs to be interrogated includes; Chief Executive Officer of Doiyatech Comms Ltd; Mr. Amit Sade (an Israeli); and Naom Sade, who is also a director of the company; CEO of Bamverde Ltd, Col. Olu Bamgbose (retd.); CEO, Dalfam Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Bello Mohammed; CEO, Baram International Nig., Alhaji Gujja Attom; and the CEO of SEI Nigeria Limited, Hima Abubakar.
Others who were former top civil servants are; a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Aji Goni (also formerly the Head of Service); a former Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Jona Otunla; an ex-Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Usman Sanusi, and another former Permanent Secretary, E.O. Oyemomi.
“All those listed in the first batch will soon be invited to tell the commission what they know. They have questions to answer relating to the contracts.” An undisclosed EFCC source told Punch.
Some companies will be forced to pay tax for contracts they were involved in; a report from a presidential panel indicate that DYI Global Services Limited and Doiyatec Comms Limited will jointly pay N2,260,925,479 as withholding tax and also accumulated interest for contracts awarded between 2007 and 2008 for the procurement of some items;
“Assorted ammunition and 20 units of K-38 twin hull boats were awarded on October 6, 2008 at the cost of N2,730,000,000.00 and N3,120,000,000.00 to DYI Global Services Ltd and Doiyatec Comms Ltd for UN Peacekeeping and Niger Delta operations respectively.
“DYI Global Services Ltd had been paid N2,593,500,000.00, representing 95 per cent with the delivery of ammunition worth N1,744,183,705.31, only, (representing 63 per cent). Doiyatec Comms Ltd was paid N2,496,500,000.00, representing 80 per cent with the delivery of only eight out of the 20 boats, worth N1,248,000,000.00, representing 40 per cent.”