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Reps to investigate alleged carting away of billions by 5 soldiers

By Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja on 25/07/2019

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•Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai
•Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai

The Nigerian House of Representatives has resolved to set up an ad hoc to investigate the alleged carting away of billions of Naira by five Nigerian soldiers of the Operation Harbin Kunama III.

This was sequel to the passage of a motion by Hon. Abubakar Hassan Nalarabe

The committee is to report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.

The lawmaker while moving the motion said that the Nigeria Army in a press release signed by col. Sagir Musa the acting director of Army Public Relations on the 15 July, 2019, titled, “Re: Nigerian Soldiers on escort duty abscond with billions of Naira”.

He said: “We are aware that the press release stated that five personnel of “operation Harbin Kunama III” based in Sokoto, were detailed on the 11 July, 2019, at about 1500 hours (3p.m) to escort a VIP with a large amount of cash to Kaduna, a distance of about 400 kilometres.

“Worried that on arrival at the Nigeria Army Airstrip in Jaji the five personnel connived and allegedly disposed the VIP of the cash and absconded.”

“Also worried that the statement though admitting to the incidence, refuted the exact amount carted away by the soldiers and also claimed ignorance of the exact amount, exonerating the 8 Division of the Nigeria Army and its GOC Major-General H. O. Otiki.”

He expressed concern that the statement said the incident was uncommon, embarrassing, obnoxious and painful. Only the VIP knows the total amount involved and can disclose it;

He further said: “Cognizant that the Nigeria Army constituted a high-powered committee to holistically, thoroughly and decisively investigate the sad incident for record and posterity.

“And reported to all Nigeria Army formations and units and the general public for awareness and possible arrest of the culprits;

“Notes that the five personnel all attached from the Infantry Corps Centre Jaji Are; CPL Gabriel Oluwaniyi, CPL Mohammed Aminu, LCPL Commander Haruna, LCPL Oluji Joshua and LCPL Hayatudeen.

“Also note that the circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear, like why a large amount of cash will be transported by road and not using the banks, why would cash be moved from Sokoto to Abuja via Kaduna and not vice-versa.

“What is the source of the money? What is its purpose? Who is this undisclosed very important personality (VIP), and who owns the money?

He expressed worry that “in these times of insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other crimes in the country, it would be dangerous to leave this very grave incident unattended to and imminent to unravel the circumstances surrounding it.” (The Nation)


Source News Express

Posted 25/07/2019 12:50:25 AM





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