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Buhari Orders Probe of Ihejirika, Minimah, Leaves Out Dambazzau, Burutai

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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

investigation.
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

competence”.
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

N2,992,183,705.31.
“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

corrupt practices.”
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