Key Members Of Buhari’s Government Indicted In Arms Probe Panel’s Final List Of Indicted Officers

By Ikenga Chronicles October 27, 2016

After 14 months of painstaking work, the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces (2007-2015) has submitted its final report to President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was authoritatively gathered that the report, a copy of which was made available to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), indicted some influential officials of Buhari’s government.

Also indicted in the report, according to sources, are former ministers of defence, senior military officers, a permanent secretary and top officials of the Ministry of Defence.

Highly placed sources revealed that Buhari received the final report at the presidential villa from the Air vice Marshal J.O.N Ode- led panel.

The probe cut across the Ministry of Defence, Nigerian Army,NA, Nigerian Navy, NN, and Nigerian Air Force, NAF.

One of the sources, who spoke on the final report, said: “I can reveal to you that the 13-man panel, which was set up in August last year, submitted its report to the C-in-C . A copy of the report was given to the NSA, having regard to the fact that he inaugurated the panel.”

“The report is very weighty, as it indicted and recommended for further investigation, a very officials in the current government, a former minister, who was very influential in the last administration, and a permanent secretary.”

“Some top officials of a strategic ministry were also indicted and recommended for further probe by the EFCC.”

The source added that recommendations were made for the recovery of huge sums of money from individuals and firms indicted.

It was learnt that some top government officials were indicted for “sharing” money meant for procurement of equipment among themselves.

A highly placed source said the panel had interrogated some of the indicted officials, serving and retired officers, and some contractors.

Three months after he assumed office last year, Buhari had inaugurated a 13-man panel to probe procurement of arms and related military contracts, between 2007 and 2015.

Before the final report,the panel had turned in two interim reports, which indicted serving and retired military officers.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, had said the Ode-led panel “comes against the background of the myriad of challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces have faced in the course of on-going counter-insurgency operations in the North-East, including the apparent deficit in military platforms with its attendant negative effects of troops’ morale.”

“The committee will specifically investigate allegations of non-adherence to correct equipment procurement procedures and the exclusion of relevant logistics branches from arms procurement under past administrations, which, very often resulted in the acquisition of sub-standard and unserviceable equipment.”

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