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Top war commander speaks out on fraud claim against Buratai

26 June 2016, 15:53

Abuja - The commander of Operation Lafiya Dole against Boko Haram has broken the silence on claims that Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, has been supplying refurbished vehicles to the Army in a contract scam that has allegedly made him rich.

According to the Premium Times, Buratai has been accused of having property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to wealth that he has accumulated illegally.

In an early statement posted on behalf of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman refuted the claims, stating instead that the allegations formed part of a "smear campaign" against the Army Chief, Sahara Reporters has confirmed.

Although Usman admitted to Buratai owning properties in Dubai, he stated that the home was purchased in 2013 through the savings of both Buratai and his wives.

Lucky Irabor, Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, has also rubbished the claims, describing the allegations as "baseless, unfounded and wicked insinuation."

In addition, Irabor also lashed out against claims that vehicles supplied to his operation were used and refurbished.

"What a sad tale of lies, when a report of that nature was received earlier, the COAS instituted a high-powered investigation by Military Police.

"The findings of the investigation team revealed that the motorcycles were brand new and were delivered in crates as knocked-down-parts," Usman stated.

Read more at Premium Times

- News24


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