Missing Arms Funds: “No funds missing under my stewardship” – Buratai

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), has denied embezzling funds meant for the procurement of military equipment. 

Recall that in an interview with the BBC Hausa service, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno had said the Federal Government doesn’t know how the funds approved for the purchase of military equipment were disbursed. 

In a statement issued later on Friday, Monguno clarified his position in the interview, adding that he didn’t accuse the service chiefs of misappropriation of funds. Reacting on behalf of the former Army Chief, in a statement issued by Buratai’s lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, said whoever is interested in the details of the disbursement should channel such concerns to the ministry of defence. 

Part of the statement read: “My attention has been drawn to an interview granted BBC by National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, wherein he was alleged to have accused former service chiefs of filtering Arms Fund away. 

“I can confirm that Lt.-Gen. Buratai and other ex-Service Chiefs were never mentioned in the interview and neither was any arms fund missing under the stewardship of Lt.-Gen T.Y. Buratai. Interestingly, NSA Babagana Monguno has denied making such accusations. We, therefore, urge members of the public to discountenance any such misquoted narrative suggesting sleaze on the integrity of Rtd Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai. 

“Anyone interested in knowing how arms were procured by the ex-service chiefs and particularly Lt.-Gen T.Y. Buratai should channel such requests for information to the Ministry of Defence”. 

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