Major General Wiwa not Arrested – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Monday, said it did not arrest a former Director of the Directorate of Mili­tary Intelligence (DMI), Major General Letam Wiwa.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, according to media reports, denied that the anti graft agency had arrested Wiwa.

Some national dailies were awash (today) Monday over the arrest of the former Director of Military Intelligence for his alleged involvement in a $2.1 billion arms deal.

Wiwa was reported to have been arrested in continuation of investigations into the disbursement of the $2.1 billion arms fund.

General Wiwa, younger brother to late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Ogoni rights activist, who was executed by the Abacha’s government in connection with the Ogoni crises of the 1990s is the Deputy Commandant at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi.

He was Principal Staff Officer, PGSO, at the office of the National Security Adviser when Azazi served as NSA. He continued in the position as PGSO when Col Sambo Dasuki was NSA and was later appointed Director of Military Intelligence when Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika became the Chief of Army staff.

When Lt. General Kenneth Minimah assumed office as the Chief of Army Staff, he retained Wiwa as DMI. Sources

Last Friday, Army authorities confirmed that 12 Army officers, including serving and retired, had been sent to the  EFCC for investigation. The Army also said that at the end of the commission’s investigations, those found culpable would be tried by a military Court Martial.

A statement signed by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, had said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that 12 Army officers have been sent to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), for investigation. “This comprised of three serving Major Generals, and one retired, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel. “However, it should be noted that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable will be tried by a military Court Martial. Col Usman, did not state in specific term what the officers were being investigated for.

Author: News Editor

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