Following the request by a civic group to the Code of Conduct Bureau CCB to investigate and prosecute the Chief of Army Staff, Mr. Tukur Buratai, for false asset declaration, the bureau has promised to follow up on their request as soon as the Army Chief was done with coordinating the fight against Boko Haram in the North East.
Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, has been accused of false asset declaration after evidence emerged that he owned property in Dubai.
According to reports, the Nigerian Army in June had admitted as follows, “It is a fact that the Buratai family have two properties in Dubai that were paid for instalmentally through personal savings three years ago,” the army spokesperson Sani Usman said. “This, along with other personal asset have consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Asset Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff”.
However, the Civil Society Network against Corruption, CSNAC, wrote in its petition to the CCB that, “Evidence of payments (payment tellers of Skye bank) made on behalf of General Buratai and published by Sahara Reporters shows that one of the properties was purchased after the assumption of office by General Buratai as Chief of Army Staff. The payment was effected and contract consummated between July 24 and August 17, 2016.”
The petition by CSNAC’s head, Olanrewaju Suraju, stated, “It would be important for your Bureau to investigate the source of this acquisition and the differences between the General’s most recent asset declaration and the penultimate one.
Ijeanuli Arinze on behalf of CCB Chairman, responded stating that, the verification could not continue because Mr. Buratai “was coordinating the fight against Boko Haram in the North East as at that particular period…”
“Now that the war on insurgency has been considerably contained, the military officers that were earlier scheduled, including General Buratai himself, would, shortly, be invited for the exercise,” it said.
At the time of this report, It is not clear if the Army chief has finally been invited to clear himself as the army general is still leading the battle against Boko Haram.
Written by Okolo Ezinne