Tukur Buratai’s Omission From Arms Probe Sparks Controversy

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The omission of Major General Tukur Buratai, Chief Of Army Staff in the ongoing arms deal probe has been faulted by a group known as Save The Nation Movement (STNM).

STNM is wondering why Buratai, who was said to be the director of procurement between 2012 and 2015, was excluded from the list of 20 serving and retired military personnel to face the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

An audit of the procurement of arms and equipment in the armed forces from 2007 to 2015 was ordered recently by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Major General Tukur Buratai was appointed director of procurement DHQ in 2012, a position he held until May 2015 that he was appointed force commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTNF), an appointment he held till he became chief of army staff,” Steven Chilaka, national secretary of the movement, said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“As director of public procurement at the DHQ, all procurements by the military between 2012 and May 2015 passed through his office. Our question is; how can you probe procurement of arms within this period without the involvement of Major General Buratai, the man who was the director of procurement?

“Could procurements have been made without his involvement during the period that he was director of procurement? “Definitely, it won’t be funny if President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption is also selective against the military as it already appears to be against the political class and the president must look into this obvious case of selective probe as a matter of urgency.”

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