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Monday, March 21, 2016

Busted! 12 Top Military Officers In Trouble Over Looted Billions

The truth is, some so called big men can't survive without proceeds of corruption. Take away corruption, they wont have all the money they use to live in luxury and sleep with ladies of easy virtue.

The Army segment of the $2.1billion arms slush funds has landed 12 top army officers in trouble with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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

They were referred to the EFCC by the army authorities following an internal probe. A security source who is familiar with the development branded it “a monumental fraud”.

The source told The Nation that from the evidence already gathered, what transpired in the air force with the arms procurement fund might turn out to be a child’s play.

“This is the most crucial aspect of the $2.1billion arms deals because the Nigerian Army was at the centre of the procurement. The case of the Nigerian Air Force might be a child’s play.”

Commodore Salisu Yushau, a retired finance director of the Air Force and prosecution witness in a case of corruption against former Chief of Defence Staff and one time Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh told a Federal High Court in Abuja last Wednesday of how air force money was used to buy choice properties for Badeh’s sons and how the former Air Force Chief routinely mopped up salaries in excess of N500m monthly.

Ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki is facing a separate trial for alleged diversion of the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund.

Sources said: "already, we have started interrogating the officers referred to the commission. At the appropriate time, we will release their names to the public.

“Certainly, we will interact with two former Chiefs of Army Staff on the procurement process and inventory of arms and military hardware.”

Some retired and former military officers are also under investigation for allegedly diverting a N5billion vote earmarked for election operation.

The fund was released by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The illegal fund, which was drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, was allegedly used for personal "enjoyment".

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