Arms Scandal: Army hands over 12 top officers to EFCC for probe

Nigeria Army Sambissa Op 14-01-15 (4)

The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced that it had handed over 12 top ranking officers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigations, in connection with the ongoing probe into how money meant for the procurement of arms were spent.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sami Usman, said the officers comprised three serving Major Generals, and one retired; three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, did not disclose the names of the officers.

He however said any of the officers found culpable after the EFCC investigation would also be punished by the army.

“However, it should be noted that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable will be tried by a military Court Martial,” Mr Usman said.

The handover of the officers is a new twist in the ongoing probe into the alleged diversion of funds for the procurement of arms and ammunition meant for the war against the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The EFCC is already probing several high-ranking serving and retired Air Force officers, including the immediate past Chief of Defence State, Alex Badeh, and a former Chief of Air Force, Adesola Amosu, a retired Air Marshal.

Others being probed in relation with the alleged fraud are Air Vice Marshal A. M. Mamu, Air Vice Marshal O. T. Oguntoyinbo, Air Vice-Marshal T. Omenyi, Air Vice Marshal J. B. Adigun and Air Vice Marshal R. A. Ojuawo.

Also being interrogated are Air Vice Marshal J. A. Kayode-Beckley; Air Commodore A. O. Ogunjobi; Air Commodore G. M. D. Gwani; Air Commodore S. O. Makinde; Air Commodore A. Y. Lassa; and Colonel N. Ashinze.


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  • clairvoyance

    Good one NA but you should have gone ahead and name the officers affected so they will be share in the shame for chopping awof money.

  • REDEEM

    petitions EFCC over Amaechi – On Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, asking it to probe alleged financial recklessness of ex-Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

    PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi – Deputy Publicity Secretary in Rivers, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, told journalists in Port Harcourt that President Muhammad Buhari should ensure he fulfils his promise to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption.

    He said: “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow.

    “We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

    Nwanosike, cautioned Buhari not to protect Amaechi, saying the probe of former office holders must also affect members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

    Nwanosike lamented that the current administration in the state had to borrow to pay salary arrears, which the Amaechi administration failed to pay.

    Shedding more light on the petition which noted the alleged fraudulent transactions in the state between December 1 and 8, 2014, the official said “Can you imagine that between December 1 and 8, 2014, with one address – 25 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt, over N21bn of Rivers funds were transferred? We are asking, where did these funds go?”

    The official dismissed the claims that some PDP members in the state were planning to defect to the APC. PDP petitions EFCC over Amaechi

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Why cant you be pleased that they are fighting corruption for a change.
      No governor who served during the time Ameachi has been charged yet save Susuan.
      Ameachi will only be charged if you produce credible evidence of corruption against him & not baseless allegation that can not be substantiated.
      Ameachi was not involved in looting of our national defence budget in discuss to warrant your misguided posting.

      • Julius

        He is obviously too dumb to know that ranting about Ameachi online wont amount to anything. Let him keep on keeping on. He has been doing that for almost a year now. Its his occupation.

  • DanielOsazuwa

    The Court Marshall route is the best. Whenever the EFCC finish their investigations, let them hand over every Military Personnel ( Navy, Army and Air Force) to the Defence HQ to be Court marshaled. Most of our Judges cannot be trusted with yam.

  • Curseless

    Now we are heading somewhere. I’m definitely certain that in the recent past this could have been a non issue.

  • Sparzo

    This is going to be too confusing for governor Fayose.
    lol.

  • Comfortkay

    After the Army ,then the Navy and Airforce and the last one will be Police, Hmmmmmmmmm. We still have not seen anything yet-