Exclusive: FG Beams Searchlight On Past Military Chiefs Over Funding Of Boko Haram

Exclusive: FG Beams Searchlight On Past Military Chiefs Over Funding Of Boko Haram
November 17 10:18 2015 Print This Article
…Charges Military Chiefs Not To Deal With Contractors
In a move to stem the high level corruption in the military, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed a through probe into the funding of the  fight against Boko Haram.
Top security sources told our correspondent that already search light has been beamed on the former CDS, Air Marshall Alex Badeh;  the immediate past National security adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel;  the immediate past service chiefs; top officials of the defence ministry; the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and some contractors in the country who served as middle men in the procurrement of security and hardwares for the military.
Consequently, the president has directed the Ministry of defence, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), all the service chiefs for stock taking to be able to identify those responsible for the huge fraud in the management of the fund.
As a first step, our correspondent gathered that President Buhari has directed the defence ministry, the CDS, all the service chiefs, the inspector general of police and all paramilitary agencies to henceforth procure all military hardwares and other tools of work directly from the manufacturers.
Frontiersnews investigations revealed that President Buhari is alarmed by the level of corruption by past military and paramilitary chiefs during the past regimes and has warned that any purchase done outside his directives will be outrightly cancelled and such money refunded to the Federal Government.
“President Buhari is concerned about the way public funds are been managed especially in the military which is his immediate constituency and has directed that any contract that is to be awarded in the military must get his approval. He has directed that henceforth all purchase of military hardwares should be done directly with the manufacturers,” a top security chief told Frontiersnews, on Tuesday.
“Mr. President does not want the CDS or any of the service chiefs to deal with any of the contractors that served as middle men for some top shots in the past government. They have been coming around the CDS, the service chiefs, the defence ministry and even the office of the NSA but they have all been rebuffed because these are the same people who helped some individuals in the past siphoned monies meant for Boko Haram war,” the source said.
“Mr. President has warned any of the military chiefs not to have anything to do with any of the contractors. They should go directly to buy any military hardware from the manufactures”, the source who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said.
Our correspondent gathered that the president has directed a through investigations into the management of the funds allocated to fight Boko Haram, directing that anyone found to have unduly stolen any money meant for the fight against insurgency should be arrested and prosecuted.
It would be real led that the $9.3 million black market arms deal with a South African firm by the past regime went awry and the money was subsequently confiscated by the South African security agency.
Though diplomatic efforts have resolved the botched arms deal between Nigeria and South Africa, it was gathered that the money involved in the deal has not been returned to the Nigerian government despite promise to do so.
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