ThisDay Publisher, Nduka Obaigbena, has admitted that he benefited from the $2bn meant for the procurement of ammunitions in the onslaught against Boko Haram but diverted by ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki for personal use.
Obaigbena is the second elite media owner after ex-Chairman of Daar Communication, Chief Raymond Dokpesi fingered in the corrupt deals.
In ThisDay management’s response to a letter from the EFCC inviting the publisher for interrogation, it stated that all funds received from the office of the NSA “are payments for compensation to mitigate the dastardly Boko Haram twin bombings of the Thisday Newspapers offices in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday April 26, 2012.”
The management said during the attack, “four innocent Nigerian lives were lost, our buildings destroyed and we lost full colour Goss printing towers and three (3) pre-press Computer-to-Plate and anxiliary equipment and other (in) valuable property valued at over N2.5 billion.”
It stated further that N150,000,000 + N150,000,000 and N250,000,000 respectively were received in August, November and February 2014 as compensation to mitigate the dastardly Boko Haram twin bombings of its offices as approved by the Federal Government.
The management said that the publisher, Prince Obaigbena is on his way to Nigeria to honour the EFCC’s invitation, adding that the N100,000,000 and N20,000,000 he received in March 2015 from Dasuki were for The Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and 12 newspapers “who demanded compensation for the brutal and unlawful seizure of newspapers and stoppage of circulation by armed soldiers in Abuja and several cities.