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Buhari approves furtherinvestigation into armyprocurement scandals

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the
recommendation of the committee charged with
investigating the Defence Equipment
Procurement from 2007 to 2015, for further
investigation of those involved, after the
committee found a number of irregularities in
the contract awards.
In a statement yesterday, the President,
Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence
Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces, Air
Vice Marshal (AVM) Jon Ode (Rtd) said the
approval followed the third interim report of the
committee that was released on Thursday.
The statement reads: “Among those to be
investigated are 18 serving and retired military
personnel, 12 serving and retired public officials
and 24 Chief Executive Officers of Companies
involved in the procurement. All were either
accounting officers or played key roles in the
Nigerian Army procurement activities during the
period under review.
“Those listed for further investigation include two
former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. O.A.
Ihejirika (Rtd) and Lt.-Gen. K.T.J. Minimah (Rtd);
former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Dr
Nurudeen Mohammed and three former
Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Defence
– Mr. Bukar Goni Aji, Mr. Haruna Sanusi and Me.
E.O, Oyemomi.”
Also, the CEOs to be investigated include Col. Olu
Bamgbose (Rtd) of Bamverde Ltd; Mr. Amity Sade
of Doiyatec Comms Ltd. and DYI Global Services
and Mr. Edward Churchill of Westgate Global
Trust Ltd.
According to the Committee, the total amount
spent for procurement and operations within the
period were N185, 843,052,564.30 and
$685,349,692.49.
It found that the Nigerian Army contracts
awarded by the Ministry of Defence for the
period under review were often awarded without
”significant input from end-user (Nigerian Army)
and to vendors who lacked the necessary
technical competence”.
As an example, three contracts with a total value
of N5, 940,000,000.00 were awarded to DYI
Global Services Ltd and Doiyatec Comms Nig. Ltd
(owned by the same individuals) for the
procurement of military hardware including 20
units of KM-38 Twin Hull Boats and 6 Units of
4X4 Ambulances fitted with radios. The
committee found that the 2 companies collected
N5, 103,500,000.00, representing 86 per cent of
the total value of the three contracts worth N5,
940,000,000.00, but only performed to the tune of
N2, 992,183,705.31,” the report said.
The committee also found that a contract worth
N169, 916,849.77 for the procurement of 53
Armoured Vehicles Spare parts, with 90 days
completion time, is yet to be completed 5 years
after.
With respect to contracts awarded directly by the
Nigerian Army, the committee found that many
of the contracts were characterised by “lack of
due process, in breach of extant procurement
regulations and tainted by corrupt practices.
In this regard, a review of the procurement
carried out by Chok Ventures Ltd and Integrated
Equipment Services Ltd established that between
March 2011 and December 2013, the 2 companies
exclusively procured various types of Toyota and
Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N3,
000,000,000.00 for the Nigerian Army without
any competitive bidding.
Though the committee found no credible evidence
of delivery of the vehicles, the vendors were fully
paid based on job completion certificate
authenticated by the then Chief of Logistics. Also,
analysis of the various bank accounts of the 2
companies showed transfers to individuals
related to then Chief of Army Staff,’” the report
said.

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