The National Security Adviser to the President, Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (retd.) has revealed that some money meant to purchase weapons in the fight against insurgency disappeared under the leadership of the ex-service chiefs.

The former service chiefs include Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.); Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd.); and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.).

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Speaking during an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, Monguno said, “No one knows what happened to the money but by God’s grace, the president will investigate to find out whether the money was spent and where the arms went.”

He explained that the new service chiefs have not received any of the weapons that the former service chiefs reportedly purchased.

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The new service chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral A.Z Gambo; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo.

Recall that the Senate screened the immediate past service chiefs following their nomination as ambassadors.

(From the left) Buratai, Olonisakin, Ibas and Abubakar

Reports have it that the Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa – led panel conducted a 15-minute closed door meeting before starting the screening.

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President Muhammadu Buhari nominated the immediate past service chiefs as ambassadors nine days after they were replaced.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party condemned APC lawmakers in the Senate for confirming the former service chiefs for ambassadorial portfolios despite their crimes against humanity.

A statement released by the PDP said the confirmation would not hinder the International Criminal Court from probing and prosecuting them.


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