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Arms scam: Group wants beneficiaries tried for treason

21 December 2015, 20:03

Lagos -  A coalition of Society groups, New Nigeria Agenda and The Nigerian Project, on Monday, urged the Federal Government to try all beneficiaries of the two billion meant for the purchase of arms for treason.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Phil Roberts, made the call at a joint news conference in Abuja.

He said "it is our wish that anyone, no matter how highly placed, that is found culpable should be treated as committing treason against the Nigerian state.

"This is because we believe it is the only way people in position of authority will respect the innocent lives of Nigerians placed under their watch.

"Now that we know that funds meant for our security was embezzled by a few, we are happy that the long arm of the law will gradually bring all of them to justice."

Also read: Buhari denies receiving $300 000 from Dasuki

Roberts urged Nigerians to support the military in the fight against insurgency as it was a collective fight.

He said that the group decided to speak out in total condemnation of how Nigerian troops were subjected to ridicule.

He explained that the group had taken it upon itself to launch the Support Our Troops Initiative to create sustained awareness on military operations against insurgency in the country.

He called for adequate funding of the military in the 2016 appropriation to boost their morale.

The coordinator condemned comments by some Nigerians on the recent action of the Army against the Shiite group who allegedly attacked the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) convoy in Zaria.



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