PDP Asks Buhari-led Government To Recall, Investigate Ex-Army Chief, Buratai Under Fire For Stealing Of Arms Funds, Corruption
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the recent allegations levelled against the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Buratai Tukur (Rtd).
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported how the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recovered N1.85 billion from a house registered to someone fronting for Buratai.
SaharaReporters gathered that the huge cash was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Buratai, despite denials by his lawyer and other faceless individuals, already admitted to a newspaper that the property was his and no search warrant was obtained before it was raided.
In a statement on Sunday, PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, said Buratai should be probed over his alleged connection with the cash found in the Abuja property.
He said the demand for the investigation of the ex-service chief is predicated on the earlier assertion by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno, after the exit of Buratai as COAS that the $1bn drawn from the national coffers under the APC administration for the purchase of arms to fight terrorism could not be traced.
The opposition party also said reports of massive looting by APC leaders and their cronies in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies further confirm the administration “as a haven for treasury looters”.
“Moreover, the recently exposed looting of N80bn by the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, which investigation has now gone cold is suspected to have been engineered by the cabal at very high level of the APC administration.”
The PDP insisted that Buratai should return to the country and personally face an investigation to clear his name.
“This is because any allegation bordering on looting of funds meant for the fight against terrorism is of grave national concern and consequence. It must be thoroughly investigated and anybody found wanting must be made to face the full weight of the law no matter how highly placed,” the party said.