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N1.8bn: Recall Buratai for investigation – PDP tasks Buhari

  By Olawale Oyetunji   The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to recall the former Chief of Army S...


By Olawale Oyetunji


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to recall the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), to face investigations over an alleged connection with the N1.8 billion recovered in a property in Abuja.


Recall that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recently recovered N1.8 billion worth of property owned by a military contractor in Abuja.


The opposition party in a statement by its National Organising Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, Sunday demanded the recall and investigation of Gen. Buratai.


PDP said its demand is predicated on the alleged missing $1 billion meant to purchase arms to fight terrorism.


It added that corruption under President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC-led administration has led to the upsurge in unhindered terrorism attacks, mass killing of citizens, and loss of many of our gallant fighters.


The statement partly read, “It is therefore of serious interest to Nigerians when reports that the ICPC discovered the sum of N1.8 billion in various currencies, expensive cars, and jewelry secreted in a property in Abuja allegedly linked to the former COAS broke out.


“There are already apprehensions that the discovered money is part of the security fund that was criminally diverted. This is especially against the backdrop of the frenzy and spirited efforts by certain quarters linked to the APC to suppress investigation and free flow of information, politicize the matter and sweep it under the carpet.


“Nigerians will recall that our Party has on several occasions alerted that the looting of our treasury is officially sanctioned and enabled by the APC administration with its refusal to prosecute those who were alleged and found to have been involved in massive corruption.


“It would also be recalled that the PDP drew attention to plans of the APC to create a slush fund account from monies fraudulently drawn from the national treasury to finance their plot to rig the 2023 general elections.”


According to the PDP, the APC test runs their 2023 rigging plot in the Ekiti State governorship election with massive use of money to prosecute a vote-buying scheme.


The opposition party insisted that the reports of alleged massive looting under President Buhari’s watch further confirm the APC 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 the very high level of the APC administration,” it added.


The PDP maintained that Gen. Buratai should return to the country and be made to face investigation.


According to the party, this is important because any allegation bordering on the looting of funds meant for the fight against terrorism is of grave national concern and consequence.


PDP requested that Gen. Buratai be thoroughly investigated and if found wanting must be made to face the full weight of the law.


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