President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), to setup an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and munitions for the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.
The committee’s mandate, according to presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, is to identify irregularities and make recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.
Accordingly, Monguno has constituted the committee headed by AVM J.O.N. Ode (rtd) while R/Adm J.A. Aikhomu (rtd) while the members are R/Adm E. Ogbor (rtd), Brig.-Gen. L. Adekagun (rtd), Brig.-Gen. M. Aminun-Kano (rtd), Brig-Gen N. Rimtip (rtd), Cdre T.D. Ikoli, Air Cdre U. Mohammed (rtd), Air Cdre I. Shafi’i, Col. A.A. Ariyibi, Gp Capt C.A. Oriaku (rtd), Mr. I. Magu (EFCC) and Brig-Gen Y.I. Shalangwa, who will serve as secretary
Adesina said the establishment of the committee is in keeping with President Buhari’s determination to stamp out corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s public service.
“It comes against the background of the myriad of challenges that the Nigerian Armed Forces have faced in the course of ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North-East, including the apparent deficit in military platforms with its attendant negative effects of troops’ morale,” Adesina stated.
The committee, according to him, “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 substandard and unserviceable equipment.”


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