Questionable Arms Deal: Buhari Setup Panel to Probe Procurement of Military Hardware since 2007

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Follwing the allegations of shady deal in procurement of arms and ammuntions in the recent times, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Security Adviser to convene an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and amunitions in the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.

In statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the investigative committee’s mandate is to identify irregularities and make recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.

Accordingly, the National Security Adviser has constituted the Investigative Committee as follows:
AVM J.O.N. Ode (rtd.) – President
R/Adm J.A. Aikhomu (rtd.) – Member
R/Adm E. Ogbor (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen L. Adekagun (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen M. Aminu-Kano (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen N. Rimtip (rtd.) – Member
Cdre T.D. Ikoli – Member
Air Cdre U. Mohammed (rtd.) – Member
Air Cdre I. Shafi’i – Member
Col A.A. Ariyibi – Member
Gp Capt C.A. Oriaku (rtd.) – Member
Mr. Ibrahim Magu (EFCC) – Member
Brig Gen Y.I. Shalangwa – Secretary.

The presidential statement added, “The establishment of the investigative committee is in keeping with President Buhari’s determination to stamp out corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s public service.

“It comes against the background of the myriad of challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces have faced in the course of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, including the apparent deficit in military platforms with its attendant negative effects of troops’ morale.

“The committee will specifically investigate allegations of non-adherence to correct equipment procurement procedures and the exclusion of relevant logistics branches from arms procurement under past administrations, which, very often resulted in the acquisition of sub-standard and unserviceable equipment.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Does any one know why the Obasanjo-Atiku administration is not being included in this probe? Let us be realistic, one would accept that the instrumentality of the office the military exercised prior to 1999 were deployed following statutes forcefully created by them for ease of bureaucracy. As it were, no effective checks as may have been prescribed in the constitution were in place; not much will be achieved chasing shadows that long. Conversely, our new republic started just after, which was also the time Nigeria’s modern day security challenges first became public knowledge. Book Haram reared its ugly head at that time (sometime in 2002 or just before) and was unchecked. Were there no military procurements made at the time? How much was acquired? How were they used? Who knew what and when should all be part of the conversation the panel should be having with those who held sway at that time. Many right-thinking Nigerians would not be persuaded by anything less than a forensic audit.

  2. Does any one know why the Obasanjo-Atiku administration is not being included in this probe? Let us be realistic, one would accept that the instrumentality of the office the military exercised prior to 1999 were deployed following statutes forcefully created by them for ease of bureaucracy. As it were, no effective checks as may have been prescribed in the constitution were in place; not much will be achieved chasing shadows that long. Conversely, our new republic started just after, which was also the time Nigeria’s modern day security challenges first became public knowledge. Book Haram reared its ugly head at that time (sometime in 2002 or just before) and was unchecked. Were there no military procurements made at the time? How much was acquired? How were they used? Who knew what and when should all be part of the conversation the panel should be having with those who held sway at that time. Many right-thinking Nigerians would not be persuaded by anything less than a forensic audit.

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