Buratai In N1.8b Anti Insurgency Fund Scam


Reports by online news platform, Sahara Reporters, have it that Anti-graft agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has uncovered N1. 85b cash stashed away by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai.
The money, recovered from an Abuja house reported to belong to Buratai, was allegedly meant to secure arms and ammunition for the prosecution of the seemingly intractable anti insurgency campaign.

Sahara Reporters reports that ICPC officials stormed the house in the Wuse area, near the National Open University of Nigeria Campus, Abuja last week following intelligence reports from a whistleblower.

“Last week Thursday, ICPC officials stormed a house in Wuse area of Abuja, beside National Open University and arrested a man, Kabiru Salisu, after they saw N850 million cash in the house,” a source told SaharaReporters.

“He claimed the money belonged to Tukur Buratai who was in Cotonou at that time.

“Officials of the ICPC took him to an office where another N1billion in cash was also discovered. Also, bulletproof cars, BMW, G-Wagon worth N450m were recovered.”

“Serious pressure is being mounted to claim money found was only N30m,” another source said.

It would be recalled that National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, revealed In March 2021 that billions of Naira meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition under the past service chiefs were unaccounted for. His disclosure came shortly after President Buhari replaced Buratai and other service chiefs. Also affected are former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Air Staff, Abubakar Sadique and Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ibas.

“Now that he (President Buhari) has brought new people (service chiefs), hopefully, they will devise some ways…I’m not saying the former service chiefs diverted the money, but the money is missing. We don’t know how, and nobody knows for now.

“The President will surely probe this matter. As we speak, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum too is also wondering where all the money went. I can assure you the President takes issues of this nature seriously.

“The fact is that preliminary investigation showed the funds are missing and the equipment is nowhere to be found.

“When the new service chiefs assumed office, they also said they did see anything on the ground.”

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