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Army denies Buratai's involvement in #Dasukigate

25 January 2016, 13:04Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Army has expressed dismay at demands that Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, be probed for his alleged role of abuse of funds meant for the procurement of arms.

Save the Nation Movement (STNM) on Sunday demanded Buratai be included in the ongoing probe arguing he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) during the alleged scandal known as "Dasukigate after ex- security advisor, Sambo Dasuki.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said such demands by the “faceless group” were an “attempt to rubbish the hard earned name and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army.”

“The public will recall our earlier warning of this type of campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff. This has again reared its ugly head again,” Usman said.

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He pointed out Buratai was Director of Procurement at Defence Headquarters from March 2014 to May 2015, not from 2012 to 2015 as STNM wished to mislead the public.

“Unfortunately, the movement could not get their facts right as has always been the case with people with dubious intents,” Buratai said.

“Furthermore, there is the need to educate the ignorant group that, Defence Procurement in Nigeria is decentralised. Each Service is responsible for its procurement. It is advisable for the group to look elsewhere if they want to attack the Chief of Army Staff.”

Buratai said for the avoidance of doubt, the Chief of Army Staff had never been involved in any questionable act throughout his career as military officer.

“As a matter of fact, the Chief of Army Staff has always been a reference point in exemplary conduct, probity and integrity.”

Buratai said it was on record Buratai had voluntarily declared his assets.

“Consequently, the public is please requested to disregard the so called Movement’s evil machinations which would surely fall back on them.”

- CAJ News


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