A top military officer has been nabbed and detained in connection with the $2.1bn arms deals. The officer was a technical aide to a former National Security Adviser(NSA), the late General Owoye Azazi and his successor, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
A high-ranking military chief was said to be in charge of procurement in one of the services.
The arrest of the officer is now creating anxiety among military chiefs who were involved in arms deal.
A top official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh is also being investigated for allegedly collecting N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). He is likely to be picked up for interrogation.
The Nation also learnt last night that the EFCC had invited a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, over the investigation.
On the military officer, a source said: “The military officer was picked up in connection with the purchase of the arms because he was in charge of inventory and how each unit of the Armed Forces got its equipment.
“The EFCC has invited the officer to verify the arms purchase and the delivery status. This same officer related with many former and serving chiefs. There is no way he can be questioned without involving some of these officers in the military hierarchy.
“The arms scandal is messy and many ranking officers were involved. This is causing anxiety in the military because if the detained officer opens up, the probe will lead to more revelations.”