Buhari Orders Probe of Ihejirika, Minimah, Leaves Out Dambazzau, Burutai
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the investigation of Azubuike
Ihejirika, former chief of army staff, and Kenneth Minimah, his successor.
But curiously, the president left out General Abdulrahman Dambazzau,
current Minister for Internal Aafairs who was linked to the military
contract during his reign as Chief of Army Staff and General Tukur Burutai
who was in charge of procurement and current chief of Army Staff.
A statement signed by John Ode, head of the committee, said Buhari gave
the directive after receiving the report of the third interim report of
the presidential committee on the audit of defence equipment.
The audit covered procurement of arms from 2007 to 2015, and 18 serving
and retired military personnel, 12 serving and retired public officials
and 24 chief executive officers of companies, were recommended for
Most of the contracts awarded were said to have lacked due process.
Nurudeen Mohammed, former minister of state for foreign affairs; Bukar
Goni Aji, Haruna Sanusi and E.O. Oyemomi, all former permanent
secretaries, are to be investigated.
Also, the CEOs to be investigated include Olu Bamgbose of Bamverde Ltd;
Amity Sade of Doiyatec Comms Ltd and DYI Global Services and Edward
Churchill of Westgate Global Trust Ltd.
According to the committee, the total amount spent for procurement and
operations within the period were N185,843,052,564.30 and $685,349,692.49.
It found that the army contracts awarded by the ministry of defence for
the period under review were often awarded without ”significant input from
end-user (Nigerian Army) and to vendors who lacked the necessary technical
The committee said it also found out that the “two companies collected
N5,103,500,000.00, representing 86% of the total value of the 3 contracts
worth N5,940,000,000.00, but only performed to the tune of
“With respect to contracts awarded directly by the Nigerian Army, the
Committee found that many of the contracts were characterized by 'lack of
due process, in breach of extant procurement regulations and tainted by
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