– The military officers implicated in the report will be interrogated by the EFCC this week
– Those found guilty will be dismissed from office
– At least ten military officers implicated would be tried under both civil and military laws
The military officers indicted in the arms deal scandal may be dismissed from office this week.
This follows a report on The Punch that the officers implicated in the report will be interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this week.
The accused officers include two former military chiefs, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah.
Speaking to The Punch, Rabe Abubakar, the military spokesperson said that at least ten military officers implicated would be tried under both civil and military laws.
According to him, those found guilty will be dismissed.
He said: “You are aware that security officers are wearing two caps; they are under two laws, civil laws and military laws, and each of these laws are aimed at taking certain actions that correct anomalies which had been on for some time.
“The officers who have been indicted, whatever the government decides to adopt is what the military would equally themselves to because we are subservient to the government. Whatever the government’s moves are, we have to quickly fall in with whatever instructions it issues.”
Abubakar also noted that the military is committed to fighting corruption within its ranks and would fully cooperate with the government’s anti-corruption policies.
He said: “We are completely behind the ongoing anti-corruption drive in the country…the armed forces of Nigeria are committed to ensuring that corrupt practices are stemmed out of the system and we support every policy of the government in that direction.”
Just like Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, an EFCC source had revealed that the following officers would be interrogated this week: Major-General J.A.H. Ewansiha, Maj.-Gen. U. Buzugbe, and Maj.-Gen. E.R. Chioba.
The EFCC will also question former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nurudeen Mohammed and three former permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Defence, Bukar Goni Aji, Haruna Sanusi, E. Oyemomi and one John Bamidele.