Tuesday, January 5

Ghen! Ghen!! EFCC requests release of military chiefs for probe over Dasukigate

A list of serving and retired military officers  is reported to have been compiled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for interrogation in connection with the $2.1bn arms procurement investigation.

The anti-graft agency is believed to have sent a letter to the Army Headquarters for the release of the affected officers. Punch reports that former service chiefs are among the officers to be invited for questioning over their roles in the purchase of arms for the armed forces.

The names of the invited military officers came up during the course of investigation into the alleged diversion of arms funds during the last administration. A serving Colonel, who was a Military Assistant to the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), has reportedly been in the custody of the EFCC for about 2 weeks.

The Colonel is said to have been directly responsible for the procurement of arms in the last administration. A source was quoted by Punch, to have said:

“The Army officer, I believe, a colonel, has been with us for two weeks. Before he was invited to report to the Task Force investigating the arms procurement scandal, the commission wrote to the Army Headquarters, requesting his release for interrogation.
Apart from him, the commission wrote the Army Headquarters and other services for the release of several serving officers and also wrote to retired officials in relation to the ongoing probe. The commission has a list, a comprehensive list of serving and retired military personnel that they want to interrogate.”

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