President Muhammadu Buhri issued a directive to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate 20 top military officers, who are attached with the controversial arms purchase scam and the commission has sent out letters of invitation the officials on the list.
Punch Newspaper reports that, an EFCC source said “We have sent invitations to many of them and as from Monday, they will start coming.”
According to Punch, the list of serving and retired top officers include:
The former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.); former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd.); former Chiefs of Air Staff, Air Marshal MD Umar (rtd.) and Air Marshal Adesola Amosun (rtd.).
Also included are: Maj.-Gen. E.R Chioba (rtd.); AVM I.A Balogun (rtd.); AVM A.G Tsakr (rtd.); AVM A.G Idowu (rtd.); AVM A.M Mamu; AVM O.T Oguntoyinbo; AVM T. Omenyi; AVM J.B Adigun; AVM R.A Ojuawo; AVM J.A Kayode-Beckley; Air Cdre SA Yushau (rtd.); Air Cdre A.O Ogunjobi; Air Cdre G.M.D Gwani; Air Cdre S.O Makinde; Air Cdre A.Y Lassa; and Col. N Ashinze.
Speaking on the issue, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said the awarding of contracts was done in a fraudulent and irregular manner.
Sambo Dasuki has been the man in the centre of the $2.1b arms purchase scandal, as it is alleged that he misappropriated the funds.