Nigeria’s leader on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the former president’s national security adviser for allegedly stealing more than $2 billion (£1.3bn) meant to buy weapons for the military to fight Islamic militant Boko Haram rebels.
Generally it seems to belong to the members of the government, not the government itself.
It accuses Sambo Dasuki, a key adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, of awarding “phantom contracts” to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets, and bombs and ammunition worth $2 billion that never were supplied.
Mr Dasuki also got the Central Bank to transfer $142.6 million to a company with accounts in the United States, the United Kingdom and in West Africa for unknown purposes and without contracts, according to the statement.
They seem not quite to have got Mancur Olson’s message, that now they’re stationary bandits (to the extent that they are, what with coups and short term careers etc) they should be farming the population, not raiding it.
And just for Arnald: no, I don’t think that insisting that Lady Green paying tax on her dividends in the UK is the way to stop this happening.