Anti-graft coalition, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to imvestigate General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, over alleged illegal diversion of Army funds to purchase two properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The call was made in a petition addressed to the EFCC. Signed by CSNAC’s Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraj, the petition described Buratai’s conduct as a violation of public service rules.
“The Nigerian military, in times past, was known for diligence, professionalism and high sense of discipline.
“However, it is quite unfortunate that in recent times, corruption has continued to wreak havoc on the once revered institution,” said CSNAC.
The group observed that it is especially saddening that the corrupt practices directly impacted on the welfare of gallant officers. According to CSNAC, if revelation is found to be true, “then the actions of the COAS is a great disservice, an act of sabotage against the Nigerian State and a violation of the law prohibiting a public officer from investing or participating in any other business safe for farming.”
CSNAC also argued that a situation in which funds earmarked for the welfare of troops fighting to protect the country’s territorial integrity and uphold internal security are diverted for personal use demands serious, immediate investigation and prosecution of anyone involved.
Drawing from a report published on 24 June by SaharaReporters, CSNAC said the medium exposed how Buratai and his two wives bought a Dubai property that was paid for in one transaction.
Quoting copiously from the report, CSNAC invited EFCC’s attention to the fact that the purchase of the properties was funded by monies from a vehicle contract scam executed during Buratai’s time as the Director of Procurement at the Army Headquarters.
The said contract, SaharaReporters reported, was awarded by the Nigerian Army for the supply of new vehicles and motorcycles for the use of troops involved in the anti-terrorism offensive in the northeastern part of the country.