A residence and office in Abuja believed to be owned by former Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai have had around N1.85 billion in cash recovered from them.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission was cited as the news source by SaharaReporters, who broke the story (ICPC).
Currently serving as Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin, Buratai is a retired lieutenant general who served as the COAS from 2015 to 2021.
The National Open University of Nigeria Campus is located next to a residence in the Wuse neighborhood of Abuja. According to the report, ICPC agents stormed the house last week after receiving a tip from a whistleblower.
The large sum of money came from the funds set aside by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the procurement of weapons and ammunition.
According to a source who spoke to SaharaReporters, “ICPC agents attacked a house in Wuse, Abuja, next to National Open University, and arrested a man, Kabiru Salisu, when they saw N850 million cash in the property.”
“He stated that Tukur Buratai, who was in Cotonou at the time, was the rightful owner of the money.
“ICPC officials escorted him to an office where they also found another N1 billion in cash. Also found were bulletproof automobiles, a BMW, and a G-Wagon valued N450 million.
Another source claimed that there was “serious pressure” to say the amount of money seized was merely N30m.
Babagana Monguno, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), disclosed in March 2021 that billions of naira in monies intended for the purchase of weapons and ammunition under previous military chiefs were missing.
A few months after President Buhari fired Buratai and other service leaders, he made his revelation.
Monguno claimed that when the new service heads took over, neither the money nor the weapons were on the ground.
“Hopefully, now that he (President Buhari) has appointed new individuals (service chiefs), they would come up with some solutions… The money is missing, though I’m not implying that the prior service chiefs stole it. Nobody currently knows how, and neither do we,” he had stated.
“The President will undoubtedly look into this.” The Nigerian Governors’ Forum is likewise pondering where the money went as we speak. The President takes matters of this type seriously, I can tell you of that.