President Muhammadu Buhari Has Constituted A 13-Man Committee To Probe Arms Purchase For The Military Beginning From 2007
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commenced investigations into arms deals under the past administration as he directed the National Security Adviser to convene an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and amunition for the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.
Consequently, the National Security Adviser, Major- General Babagana Monguno (Retd) has set up a 13-man committee to scrutinize all arms purchases made from the era of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, to date.
The investigative committee, which is being headed by retired Air Vice Marshall John O. N Ode, is mandated to identify irregularities and make recommendations for streamlining arms and munition procurement process in the Armed Forces.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, showed that the investigative committee also comprised R/Adm J.A. Aikhomu (Retd), R/Adm E. Ogbor (Retd.), Brig Gen L. Adekagun (Retd.) and Brig Gen M. Aminun- Kano (Retd.) as members Others include Brig Gen N. Rimtip (Retd), Cdre T.D. Ikoli, Air Cdre U. Mohammed (Retd.) Air Cdre I. Shafi’i, Col A.A. Ariyibi, Group Captain C.A. Oriaku (Retd) and Mr. I. Magu from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The committee also has Brig Gen Y.I. Shalangwa, who will serve as Secretary to the Committee. Adesina, in the statement stated that 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 counterinsurgency 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”, the statement reveals.
-Tony Ailemen, Abuja