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#BringBackOurGirls urges Buhari to pardon mutinied soldiers in light of arms scandal

16 January 2016, 12:00

Lagos - The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has pledged their support to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) probe into where the money that was designated for the military was misappropriated.

Today reported that Tunji Olanrewaju, the BBOG spokesperson, encouraged the government to bring to task anyone who responsible for the loss of the funds allocated for arming the military.

He also stated that in light of the fact that military personnel did not use the funds to arm the military, the government should pardon the soldiers that have been arrested for mutiny.

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“In the light of the revelation of the diversion of money meant for resourcing and equipping the military, we expect that the president would consider this and overlook the offence the soldiers may have committed. We feel that the officers were right–they were under-armed, they were sent to go and die,” Olanrewaju stated. 

He claimed that in many cases it would have been a suicide mission for troops to go out and fight with Boko Haram extremists without arms. 

With regards to those who were in charge of arming the military, Olanrewaju said, “On the directive of the president, everybody in the BBOG was excited. The people that misappropriated the money meant for purchase of the arms should not only be made to refund it, they should also serve prison terms. The full weight of the law should be brought upon them.”

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