– President Muhammadu Buhari has received another report from the presidential panel set up to probe arms procurement between 2007 and 2015
– With Buhari’s approval, EFCC has been empowered to go after those indicted in the fresh report
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly given anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) orders to arrest everyone indicted in arms procurement probe.
According to a report by Punch, the presidential panel set up to probe arms procurement between 2007 and 2015 submitted another report to the President, making it the third report so far submitted to the President by the committee. “Yes, I can confirm to you that the President received the report during the week (last week) and he has since approved it,” an unnamed source was quoted. With the approval, EFCC had been empowered to go after those indicted in the fresh report.
Another informed source revealed that; “The fraud uncovered in this fresh report is massive. All things being equal, the government will be looking at the possibility of making highlights of the report public this week, probably during the Sallah break.”
“The President has directed that we explore the option of prosecuting indicted persons immediately instead of first publicising their names thereby giving some of them the leeway to escape justice.” The report said efforts were already ongoing by the committee at that time to get across to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to discuss the prosecution of the freshly indicted persons.
Recall that a member of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, challenged Buhari to make public the contents of the interim report of the arms probe panel. He alleged that a “cabal” within the Presidency had convinced the President not to make the report public because some of his trusted aides were indicted.
Meanwhile, EFCC says it has seized at least 29 properties from ex-Air Force chiefs in the on-going anti-corruption war. While 11 properties were seized from Amosu; 12 were seized from Adigun and six from Gbadebo.