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Badeh, Amosu, others to appear before EFCC on Monday

Badeh, Amosu, others to appear before EFCC on Monday

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Former Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh (rtd) and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Anice Amosu (rtd) and other retired and serving military officers indicted by the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the procurement of arms by the Nigerian military between 2007 and 2015, will appear at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday for questioning.

President Buhari on Friday ordered that the former Service Chiefs be interrogated by the anti-graft agency following his acceptance of recommendation of the committee looking into procurement of arms by the military in the eight years between 2007 and 2015.

In addition to the retired and serving military officers, other individuals and organisations were also recommended for questioning on their roles in the purchase of weapons for the military.

A source at the EFCC disclosed that Badeh and others indicted by the committee will be interrogated on Monday at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.
“An invitation has already been extended to them and they are expected to come and explain their roles in the purchase of weapons in the period under review,” the source said.

The officers expected to show up at the EFCC on Monday alongside Badeh and Amosu include: Maj-Gen. ER Chioba (Rtd), AVM IA Balogun (Rtd),AVM AG Tsakr (Rtd), AVM AG Idowu (Rtd), AVM AM Mamu, AVM OT Oguntoyinbo, AVM T Omenyi, AVM JB Adigun, AVM RA Ojuawo, AVM JA Kayode-Beckley, Air Cdre SA Yushau (Rtd), Air Cdre AO Ogunjobi, Air Cdre GMD Gwani, Air Cdre SO Makinde, Air Cdre AY Lassa, Col N Ashinze, and Lt Col. MS Dasuki (Rtd) while the individuals and companies also expected to be questioned in the days to follow are:

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, Gbjie 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, Wolfgang Reinl.

The Presidency said on Monday through presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu that President Buhari ordered that these individuals and organisations be probed following what the committee determined were breaches of the procurement process. Some of the lapses identified by the committee include 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.

“The procurement processes were arbitrarily carried out and generally characterized by irregularities and fraud. In many cases, the procured items failed to meet the purposes they were procured for, especially the counter insurgency efforts in the North East.

“A major procurement activity undertaken by ONSA for NAF was that concerning the contracts awarded to Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux (SEI) Nig Ltd.

”Between January 2014 and February 2015, NAF awarded 10 contracts totalling Nine Hundred and Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety US Dollars ($930,500,690.00) to SEI Nig Ltd.

“Letters of award and End User Certificates for all the contracts issued by NAF and ONSA respectively did not reflect the contract sums,” the statement added.

However, these were only found in the vendor’s invoices, all dated 19 March 2015, the statement said.

Additionally, some of the award letters contained misleading delivery dates suggesting fraudulent intent in the award process, it said.

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