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Buhari to sack top aides indicted in arms deal probe

31 October 2016, 13:04

Abuja - There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari is set sack two of his top aides following their indictment in the final report of the arms procurement probe.

The 13-man Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces (2007-2015) had submitted its final report to Buhari on Sunday, October 23.

The New telegraph reports that the president is under intense pressure dismiss the his senior appointees found wanting in the final probe report.

The pressure on Buhari to fire the officials is to avoid undermining his zero tolerance for corruption as allowing such officials serve under his administration could run contrary to the president’s commitment to fight corruption.

Those familiar with the investigation are displeased with the way and manner public funds meant for arms procurement were alleged to have been mindlessly diverted or misapplied, as the case may be.

The panel, in the final report, had recommended that the indicted persons and firms should be prosecuted and made to return some huge amount of money.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is expected to commence investigation of those indicted as soon as the president releases the report of the arms probe.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier received report of those that benefited from the misappropriation of the $2.1 billion meant for arms according to News24.

The former national security adviser has been in detention since 2015 after he was accused of disbursing money meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram for unrelated things.

The Punch reports that former Nigerian leaders, traditional and religious leaders from across the country were implicated in the reports which President Buhari received on Thursday, October 27.

The reports submitted to the president suggested the prosecution of some people and the retrieval of money from others.

- News 24

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