N5b army vehicles scandal: EFCC to grill 25 suspects

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How did the Army spend a N5billion vehicles purchase grant from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA)?

This is the knot an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) special task force is battling to untie. The vehicles were ostensibly for the monitoring of the 2015 general elections.

The Department of Army Logistics became aware of the quantity and types of vehicles on October 29, last year — about seven months after they were bought.

The transaction was allegedly carried out by the Department of Training and Operations.

There were no award letters, contract agreements, technical assessment reports, delivery notes and receipt vouchers, The Nation learnt.

Besides, the EFCC team is looking into alleged spending of $5,938,897.18(N2, 369,619,903) between September 3 and 13, 2014 on the procurement of Counter Improvised Explosive Device Equipment (CIED) for the Defence and Security Services without a needs assessment.

The $5,938,897.18 (N2, 369,619,903) contracts were awarded and paid for within 10 days.

The panel has shortlisted 25 of the 54 suspects for interrogation.

The suspects, who are to be interrogated “any time from now”, include some serving and retired officers, ex-permanent secretaries and directors of Finance.

EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu last night mandated the task force “not to spare any suspect implicated in the deals”.

Nation

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