We hear that Chief Olabode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been linked to the ongoing Arms deal Saga which has soiled many names. Sahara Reporters claim that Chief George had received N100 million from embattled Col Dasuki, which was part of the $2.9 billion arms deal.
In a swift response however, chief Bode George has reportedly denied collecting any money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. In a statement on his behalf by Prof. Tejumade Akitoye–Rhodes, chairman of Lagos Collectives, Chief George said he never met Dasuki throughout his tenure, let alone collecting money from him.
He said the report lacked substance and had no iota of truth. The statement read: “Sahara Reporters has now gone beyond the pale of gutter journalism in its utter malicious story linking Chief Bode George to a phantom N100 million allegedly collected from Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser…For the record, Chief Bode George did not collect a farthing from Dasuki or anybody else whatsoever. He has never even set eyes on the former NSA throughout his tenure in office talk less of collecting money from him. Dasuki of course is very much alive to corroborate this position.”
He wondered where such reports came from, saying it is sickening and sad to peddle false stories in the name of journalism. “Beer parlor reverie and drunken anecdotal scribbles are no substitute for journalism,” he added.
Chief George and Mr Peter Odili, a former Rivers state governor were mentioned among beneficiaries of about N100 million each from the embattled former national security adviser. Report had it that Dasuki implicated them in a statement with the EFCC during his investigation on Wednesday, December 1.
However, speaking through his lawyer, Ahmed Raji, Dasuki denied implicating anyone. He said he never made such statement, adding that the reports were aimed at scandalizing him.