Nigerian Army sets up investigative panel to probe arms procurement by past administration

A panel of enquiry has been set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, to probe his predecessors over the billions of dollars spent on arms purchase and logistics during their tenure.

The army boss, who took over from Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, decided to institute the investigation panel after carrying out a preliminary inventory of army weaponry needed to combat the Boko Haram menace and other security challenges.

The eight-man panel headed by a Brigadier General with four Colonels and three Lieutenant Colonels as members, will investigate all armament equipment most of which were denominated in dollars, including armoured tanks, artillery weaponry and other logistics bought by the Nigerian Army from 2010 to 2015.

The panel is also expected to go round all the army’s armament depots across the country, take inventory of specific arms, compare types and quality of arms with actual recommendation, approval and amount of money released for the purchase as well as what was actually procured.

The panel is expected to complete the assignment and submit its report to the Chief of Army Staff by November.


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