Col Nicholas Ashinze, a former Special Assistant to detained ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and three others have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for N36.8 billion fraud.
They were arraigned on Wednesday before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering to the tune of N36.8 billion.
The other accused are an Austrian, Wolfgang Reinl; Edidiong Idiong and Sagir Mohammed.
Ashinze and his co-accused were arraigned alongside five companies for allegedly diverting huge sums from the office of the former NSA.
In a statement issued by EFCC’s Spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, he named the companies as Geonel Integrated Services Limited, Unity Continental Nigeria Limited, Helpline Organisation, Vibrant Resource Limited and Sologic Integrated Services Limited.
The EFCC alleged that Ashinze, being a serving officer of the Nigerian Army and a former Aide to Dasuki; Reinl, an Austrian and Managing Director of Geonel Integrated Services Limited on or about April 22, 2014 at Abuja, in the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, did transfer the sum of N550 million to Edidiong Idiong, being a lawyer practising in the name of Law Partners & Associates, knowing that the said sum forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: ‘corruption’ and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended).