A group named Save The Nation Movement (STNM) wants president Buhari to include the Chief Of Army Staff Tukur Buratai among the list of suspects in the arms scandal probe.
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, who conveyed Buhari’s directive in a statement, explained that the committee established to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the armed forces from 2007 to 2015, had recommended 20 serving and retired military personnel for probe.
They were listed as: “Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh (Rtd), Air Marshal MD Umar (Rtd)Air Marshal Anice Amosu (Rtd), Maj-Gen. ER Chioba (Rtd), AVM IA Balogun (Rtd),AVM AG Tsakr (Rtd), AVM AG Idowu (Rtd), AVM AM Mamu, AVM OT Oguntoyinbo, AVM T Omenyi, AVM JB Adigun, AVM RA Ojuawo, AVM JA Kayode-Beckley, Air Cdre SA Yushau (Rtd), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi, Air Cdre GMD Gwani, Air Cdre SO Makinde, Air Cdre AY Lassa, Col N Ashinze, and Lt Col. MS Dasuki (Rtd).”
But STNM wondered why Buratai, who was said to be the director of procurement between 2012 and 2015, was excluded.
“Major General Tukur Buratai was appointed director of procurement DHQ in 2012, a position he held until May 2015 that he was appointed force commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF), an appointment he held till he became chief of army staff,” Steven Chilaka, national secretary of the movement, said in a statement issued on Sunday.
“As director of public procurement at the DHQ, all procurements by the military between 2012 and May 2015 passed through his office. Our question is; how can you probe procurement of arms within this period without the involvement of Major General Buratai, the man who was the director of procurement?
“Could procurements have been made without his involvement during the period that he was director of procurement?
“Definitely, it won’t be funny if President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption is also selective against the military as it already appears to be against the political class and the president must look into this obvious case of selective probe as a matter of urgency.”
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