- Ex-Army Chief and Ambassador Tukur Buratai has denied claims that the sum of N1.85 billion N1.85 billion was seized from his home by ICPC operatives
- He made this known through his legal counsel, Barrister Osuagwu Ugochukwu, who called the allegation malicious. 85 billion from former army general’s home Client linked to N1.85 billion gun money allegedly found at his home.
As included in the statement, Ugochukwu described the media report as a “false, concocted and malicious” report.
Recall that an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, published a news report entitled “EXCLUSIVE: Anti-graft Agency, ICPC covers billions in ca sh destined for weapons, ammunition to fight Boko Haram at the home of the former army chief of staff in Abuja, Buratai” on Thursday June 23.
According to the report The Independent The Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC) has 1 N.85 billion recovered from a home and office said to belong to former army chief of staff Tukur Buratai.
Responding to the allegation, Barrister Ugochukwu stated that around April 5, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government approved the Department of Defense’s purchase of $1 billion worth of equipment for the military.
He said :
“It is a fact that the first batch of six Super Tucano fighter jets arrived in Nigeria on July 22, 2021, while the last batch of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets arrived on October 18 ., 2021. Contrary to some previous mischievous publications, no arms fund is ever missing It is on record that no such quantity of N850 M or a similar amount was found on Ambassador Buratai, nor does he have an adviser with such a name as himself is mentioned in the report.
He added that “Ambassador Buratai has no office or house in Wuse, Abuja (address not supplied by SR), nor does he have bulletproof cars, BMW, G-Wagon (details of vehicle not too supplied by SR) valued at N450 million and neither ICPC is investigating such allegations.
“We consider this to be an orchestrated act, which aims to damage LT General T.Y Buratai’s image and we will take all legal steps to hold the publishers accountable for such gross character assassination of LT.T.Y Buratai’s (RTD) image.”
< h2>ICPC responds to allegations linking Buratai to arms funds
Meanwhile, the ICPC has denied recovering N1.85 billion from a home and office , said to belong to former Army Chief of Staff Tuk ur Buratai.
In a statement issued Friday, June 3, the commission said it had recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon and other items from a military contractor.
The commission added that it had arrested the chief executive of the military contractor’s company, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
ICPC investigating constituency projects in Lagos, Kano, FCT, Rivers and 14 other states
In another report, the ICPC said it will track and monitor constituency projects in 18 states across the federation.
This disclosure was made by Anti-Graft Agency spokeswoman Azuka Ogugua on Friday, May 6, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
< p class="align-left">According to the ICPC, states whose constituency projects are to be pursued include the states of Be nue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Kano.