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FG forms committee to probe Jonathan, Yar Adua arms deals
Mr. Babgana Monguno: NSA forms committee to probe arms deal

FG forms committee to probe Jonathan, Yar Adua arms deals


Following the instruction of Acting President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Mr Babagana Moguno has set up a investigative committee to probe the procurement of hardware and ammunitions in the Nigerian Armed Forces from 2007 to date.

Members of the committee include, AVM J.O.N. Ode (rtd.) who is to serve as President, R/Adm J.A. Aikhomu (rtd.), R/Adm E. Ogbor (rtd.), Brig Gen L. Adekagun (rtd.), Brig Gen M. Aminun-Kano (rtd.), Brig Gen N. Rimtip (rtd.), Cdre T.D. Ikoli and Air Cdre U. Mohammed (rtd.). Others are Air Cdre I. Shafi’i, Col A.A. Ariyibi, Gp Capt C.A. Oriaku (rtd.), Mr. I. Magu (EFCC) while Brig-Gen. Y.I. Shalangwa will serve as Secretary.

The terms of reference of the investigative committee include investigation and identifying irregularities and making recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, the establishment of the investigative committee is in keeping with President Buhari’s determination to stamp out corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s public service.

“It comes against the background of the myriad of challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces have faced in the course of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North- East, including the apparent deficit in military platforms with its attendant negative effects of troops’ morale,” he said.

Adesina said 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.

Facts have emerged on the possible areas that the 13-member panel constituted to probe arms purchase since 2007, would beam its searchlight. One of the areas of interest is the 2013 botched arms purchase deal in South Africa, by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

At the last count, the deal, which was approved by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), has remained a product of investigation by the South African police. Apart from seizing the $9.3 million funds, the South African government was said to be investigating the alleged involvement of an Israeli and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in the deal.

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