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Arms scandal: Ex-military officers want Dambazau, Buratai to be probed

16 July 2016, 07:18

Abuja – Some retired military officers have reportedly called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order for the probe of the Minister of Interior lieutenant general Abdulrahman Dambazau (retired) and the current Chief Army Staff, lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

This came after two former chiefs of army staff, lieutenant general Azubuike Ihejirika and lieutenant general Kenneth Minimah, and 52 others, were fired over the arms procurement scandal.

The army fired the senior officers in June, accusing them of corruption and stealing of billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency.

According to Punch, in a twist to Buhari’s order, the sacked officers and some Nigerians demanded that Dambazau and Buratai be added to the list of those to be probed since the chief of army staff was the director of military procurement during the period that the arms scandal was alleged to have been committed.

They said the call for Buratai’s probe became more necessary given the revelation that the Chief of Army Staff bought $1.5m properties in Dubai with “stolen money”.

- News24 Nigeria


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