Report of Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement, Not Doctored

The Federal Government has said it did not doctor the report of Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed forces between 2007 to 2015.
Since the report came to light Thursday there have been insinuation that the report was doctored to exclude key members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
The findings, approved by President Buhari, have sparked widespread allegations of bias.
Many Nigerians accuse the government of being selective and refusing to indict key members of the current administration, believed to have played questionable roles in military procurement since 2007.
Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Danbazau, who was the Chief of Army between 2008 and 2010, and Tukur Buratai, current Chief of Army Staff, who served as the director of military procurement under the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, were not indicted.
But Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, said what has been released so far is the report of the audit covering the period 2011 to 2015, adding that the Committee would commence the audit of procurement from 2007 to 2010 as soon as the necessary documents are available.
The statement was signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi.
The report, released Thursday, indicts former Chiefs of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah and Azubuike Ihejirika, and other senior past and serving military and civilian officials.
”When the documents regarding procurement from 2007 to 2010 are available and scrutinized, the committee will then issue its report on that. The audit is being done on phases, and the report that was released on Thursday is the third of such,” the Minister said.
He assured that the Federal Government’s anti-corruption fight is non-discriminatory, and called on Nigerians to keep an open mind as events unfold.
“No one should attempt to distract from the seriousness of the issues involved in this audit of defence equipment procurement. It is important to note that even though the total amount spent for procurement and operations within the period were N185,843,052,564.30 and $685,349,692.49, the irregularities in the awards ensured that the military did not get value for money, with very serious consequences,” the Minister said.

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