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Buhari orders fresh probe into arms scandal

15 July 2016, 07:20

Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a fresh probe into the arms scandal by ordering the investigation of two former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika and General Kenneth Minimah for their roles in the procurement of funds, Punch reports.

The two generals are among 54 people to be investigated in an arms scandal that saw billions of dollars pocketed, that was meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram.

Also read: Alleged fraud: EFCC to seize houses belonging to Fayose

Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces, Jon Ode said this in a statement in Abuja.

President Buhari okayed an investigation into the Defence Equipment Procurement from 2007 to 2015 on the recommendation of the committee after it found a number of irregularities in the contract awards.

News24 Nigeria reported that Buhari received another report on the arms procurement scandal, causing him to issue a new directive to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

After being given Buhari's approval, the EFCC have the power to go after anyone mentioned in the new report, indicating that persons mentioned will be arrested prior to their names being released to the public.

For more on this story, visit Punch.

- News24 Nigeria


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