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Buhari lied to Nigerians over arms probe panel report

17 July 2016, 10:56

Abuja - The controversy surrounding the Arms Procurement Probe Report is still raging, reports Premium Times

The investigative committee submitted its third interim report on Thursday which detailed how former senior military officers, political appointees and private individuals allegedly cornered security funds into their pockets while the war against Boko Haram floundered.

Among the big names the report indicted were Azubuike Ihejirika and Kenneth Minimah. Both served as Chief of Army Staff under President Goodluck Jonathan.

But, President Muhammadu Buhari’s critics few hours after the submission of the report accused his government of doctoring the report to shield Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) and Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Tukur Buratai.

Dambazau is a former Chief of Army Staff while Buratai is a former director of procurement in the defence headquarters.

Also read: Arms deal: Dasuki loyalists threaten to release videos of beneficiaries

In an attempt to ward off allegation of bias, the federal government, via a statement from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said Dambazau’s name was not included among those indicted because the third interim report only looked into procurement and contracts awarded for and by the military between 2011-2015.

Mohammed according to News 24 said the Committee would commence the audit of procurement from 2007 to 2010 as soon as the necessary documents are available.

He stated that the federal government’s anti-corruption fight is non-discriminatory and called on Nigerians to keep an open mind as events unfold.

However, a close examination of report showed that the terms of reference of the committee in its heading said it queried all procurement from 2007 to 2015.

The first paragraph of the seven-page report also indicated the 13-member committee used 2007-2015 as reference.

It was also observed that in page two of the report, the committee looked into procurement far back as 2005, two years earlier than 2007.

- News 24


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