A General in the Nigerian Army has landed in trouble after threatening to kill the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, over a defence contract.
According to report, the Nigerian Army General who is the coordinator of peace keeping in the Ministry of Defense, Lym Hassan, was secretly recorded issuing the threat.
Lym Hassan was arraigned before the military court on October 30, 2017 where he was charged with two allegations: spreading rumours that Buhari was dead and demanding $600,000 bribe from a defence contractor.
According to news source, TheCable, the Nigerian President, Buhari, had approved a $1,464,750 contract on September 26, 2016 for the relocation and refurbishment of Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a directive from the UN.
However, in February 2017, the contract was awarded to Opems Integrated Concepts Ltd for $1 million, to be executed in a period of two-months, ending April 2017. The job was reportedly left undone and Nigeria subsequently failed to meet the August 2017 deadline for the relocation of the hospital.
The Ministry of Defence following the default issued a directive ordering military men to execute the contract which involved the supply of medical equipment as well as dismantling and re-assembling the hospital at a new camp.
The contract sum, bulk of it which had allegedly been shared, and Hassan was said to have demanded the sum of $600,000 from Opems.
While making the demand, Hassan had been recorded to have allegedly made threats also at the Nigerian president.
The contractor in the recorded conversation was reported to have asked Hassan about his stance on the anti-corruption war led by the president to which he allegedly replied: “If the president queries us, we will eliminate him.”
An insider in the defence ministry told TheCable: “With the charge sheet now reading that Hassan was spreading rumours that the president was dead, the game has changed. The facts of the matter have been tailored to throw him under the bus.
“Hassan has become the scapegoat but the bulk of the contract money was shared across board. He carelessly talked himself into trouble and he will carry the can for all those who participated in the bazaar.”