Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
The ongoing probe into arms purchase scandal gathered momentum on Thursday as the Nigerian Army said it has handed over six serving Generals and one retired General to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for investigation.
In a statement, Colonel Sani Usman, acting director, Army Public Relations, listed the officers sent to anti-graft agency for investigation to be comprised of three serving Major Generals, and one retired, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel.
Colonel Usman did not mention the names of officers involved in the statement. But it was learnt that one of those involved is
Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, the Aide-de-Camp to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
It was learnt that Ojogbane was reportedly arrested at the Airport on his way out of the country on Wednesday.
Ojogbane was reportedly grilled by operatives of EFCC on Thursday. He had earlier by grilled by a military panel over his involvement in the arms purchase scandal.
Colonel Usman said in his statement issued late Thursday that investigation being carried out by EFCC will not deter the military from carrying out its own probe of officers.
According to him, even at if the end of the Commission investigations, the officers were found culpable will still be tried by a military Court Martial.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had last year set up a panel to investigate utilisation of funds budgeted for purchase of arms from 2007 till date.
The Panel was set up in reactions to allegations and complaints that insufficient as well as poor quality of weapons contributed to poor performance of Nigerian troops in the battle against insurgent group Boko Haram which has dragged on for over six years in North East Nigeria.
The Panel had in the second part of …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper