Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a committee to investigate the procurement of hardware and ammunition in the Armed Forces from 2007 till now. The directive is being carried out by The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.)
According to a statement on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the committee was set up to identify irregularities, stamp out corruption in the nation’s public service and make recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.
The President of the committee is AVM J.O.N. Ode (retd.) Other members include R/Adm. J.A. Aikhomu (retd.); R/Adm. E. Ogbor (retd.); Brig.Gen. L. Adekagun (retd.); Brig. Gen. M. Aminu-Kano (retd.); Brig. Gen. N. Rimtip (retd.); Cdre. T.D. Ikoli; Air Cdre. U. Mohammed (retd.); Air Cdre. I. Shafi’i; Col. A.A. Ariyibi; Group Capt. C.A. Oriaku (retd.); and Brig. Gen. Y.I. Shalangwa – Secretary. Mr. I. Magu is representing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the committee.
“It (the committee) comes against the background of the myriad of challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces have faced in the course of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North- East, including the apparent deficit in military platforms with its attendant negative effects of troops’ morale.
“The committee will specifically investigate allegations of non-adherence to correct equipment procurement procedures and the exclusion of relevant logistics branches from arms procurement under past administrations, which, very often resulted in the acquisition of sub-standard and unserviceable equipment,” Adesina stated.