Nigeria: 12 top military officers in a bad position over N5bn election money

The armed force fragment of the $2.1billion arms slush stores has landed 12 top armed force officers in a bad position with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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Three servingmajor generals, a retired major general, three brigadier generals, four colonels, and one lieutenant colonel are being interrogated by the anti-graft agency for their alleged involvement in the deal.

They were alluded to the EFCC by the armed force powers taking after an inner test.

A security source acquainted with the advancement marked it “a stupendous misrepresentation” the previous evening.

The source said that from the proof effectively accumulated, what happened noticeable all around power with the arms acquirement funds may end up being an easy breezy.

“This is the most significant part of the $2.1billion arms deal in light of the fact that the Nigerian Army was at the focal point of the acquirement. The instance of the Nigerian Air Force may be an a piece of cake.”

Commodore Salisu Yushau, a resigned account executive of the Air Force and indictment witness for a situation of defilement against previous Chief of Defense Staff and one time Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh told a Federal High Court in Abuja last Wednesday of how aviation based armed forces cash was utilized to purchase decision properties for Badeh’s children and how the previous Air Force Chief routinely cleaned up pay rates in overabundance of N500m month to month.

Ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki is confronting a different trial for affirmed preoccupation of the $2.1 billion arms obtainment store.

Sources said:”already, we have begun cross examining the officers alluded to the commission. At the fitting time, we will discharge their names to the general population.

“Absolutely, we will associate with two previous Chiefs of Army Staff on the obtainment process and stock of arms and military equipment.”

The Army had said those discovered liable of extortion by the EFCC will be attempted by a Military Court Martial.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a curt proclamation that “In any case it ought to be noticed that toward the end of the commission’s examinations, those discovered at fault will be attempted by a Military Court Martial.”

Some resigned and previous military officers are likewise under scrutiny for professedly occupying a N5billion vote reserved for race operation.

The funds was discharged by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The unlawful funds, which was drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, was supposedly utilized for personal service

investigation by our reporter uncovered that the N5billion was wrongfully drawn for the Army from the CBN by ONSA.

It was learnt another vote was planned for the Army in the 2015 budget for operations prompting duplication of funds.

Some Army officers were said to have grabbed the N5billion money since “operation funds” were viewed as “minor liquid budget.”

A solid source said: “Some top Army officers are under probe over N5billion election operation funds from ONSA. The funds were unlawfully drawn under inquisitive overhead from CBN.

“Be that as it may, preparatory discoveries have demonstrated that the money was redirected to individual use. There is no record of payment and usage.

“A portion of the influenced officers have been welcome to Abuja. On the off chance that discovered liable of botch of funds and political liberality, they may confront extreme authorizations including rejection or retirement.”

About N16.5billion was discharged to the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army and ONSA for “logistic necessity for 2015 election.”

The breakdown is as per the following: IGP General Election OPS Fund Account (N10billion); Nigerian Air Force OPS Account (N1billion); Nigerian Army Operations Account (N5billion) and ONSA (N500million).

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