– EFCC has arrested Tom Ikimi for the role he played in the arms deal saga
– A source said he has been interrogated for over two days by the anti-graft agency
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested Tom Ikimi, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex- minister of foreign affairs to late Nigerian dictator General Sanni Abacha.
Sahara Reporters reports that he was arrested for his role in the $2.1billion arms deal fund which was diverted for other personal uses.
According to an EFCC source, the commission has been grilling the former APC chief at their Abuja office for over two days and allowed to go home each day after interrogation because of his health.
The source said Ikimi was involved in the $2.1billion arms funds scandal and hence his present predicament.
Ikimi was a member of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, which merged with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to become the APC.
He however defected from the APC to support former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for a second term.
Since the investigation into the diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms to fight insurgency during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration started, a number of prominent politicians have been arrested and grilled by the anti-graft agency. Sambo Dasuki, the former national security adviser is at the centre of the saga and since his arrest, startling revelations about how the money was shared among prominent Nigerians have continued to dominate the public space.