President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to launch further probes into the misconduct established against retired and serving officers of the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army.
The investigation was based on the recommendation of the presidential committee set up by Buhari to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to 2015.
The committee, which submitted its second interim report – the first of which established that the sum of Six Hundred and Forty Three Billion Naira (N643bn) and Two Billion, One Hundred Million US Dollars ($2.1bn) interventions were received for defence procurements by DHQ and the Services between 2007 and 2015 – indicted the ex-military top brass, some serving military officers and 21 firms.
A statement on Friday by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said: “On the recommendation of the committee established to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and Defence sector from 2007 to 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to carry out further investigation into the misconduct established against the following retired and serving officers of the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army:
“Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd), Air Marshal M.D Umar (rtd), Air Marshal A.N Amosu (rtd), Maj-Gen. E.R Chioba (rtd), AVM I.A Balogun (rtd), AVM A.G Tsakr (rtd)
“AVM A.G Idowu (rtd), AVM A.M Mamu, AVM O.T Oguntoyinbo, AVM T .Omenyi, AVM J.B Adigun, AVM R.A Ojuawo, AVM J.A Kayode-Beckley, Air Cdre S.A Yushau (rtd), Air Cdre A.O Ogunjobi, Air Cdre G.M.D Gwani, Air Cdre S.O Makinde, Air Cdre A.Y Lassa, Col. N Ashinze and Lt Col. M.S Dasuki (rtd)
“Following the submission of the audit committee’s second interim report, President Buhari has directed the EFCC to investigate the roles of the officers and the following companies and their directors in fundamental breaches associated with the procurements by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF):
“Messrs Societe D’ Equipments Internationaux, Himma Aboubakar, Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, Messrs Syrius Technologies, Dr Theresa A. Ittu, Sky Experts Nig Ltd, Omenyi Ifeanyi Tony, Huzee Nig Ltd, GAT Techno Dynamics Ltd, Gbujie Peter Obie.
“Onuri Samuel Ugochukwu, Spacewebs Interservices Ltd, Oguntoyinbo Tayo, Oguntoyinbo Funmi, Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Chief Jacobs Bola, Mono Marine Corporation Nig Ltd, Geonel Intergrated Services Ltd, Sachi Felicia, Mudaki Polycarp andWolfgang Reinl”.
The Audit Committee was able to identify breaches including non-specification of procurement costs, absence of contract agreements, award of contracts beyond authorised thresholds, transfer of public funds for unidentified purposes and general non-adherence to provisions of the Public Procurement Act.
Furthermore, the procurement processes were arbitrarily carried out and generally characterized by irregularities and fraud.
In many cases, the committee found out that procured items failed to meet the purposes they were procured for, especially the counter insurgency efforts in the North East.