Chief of Army staff, General Buratai, involved in dubious contract; owns property in Dubai

By admin on

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,001


 

Investigation has shown that Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai, and his two wives are joint owners of a Dubai property that was paid for in one transaction.

 

According to SaharaReporters, the money for the purchase of the property may have come from a vehicle contract scam while Mr. Buratai was the Director of Procurement at the Army HQ.

 

It was further discovered that the Nigerian Army had awarded an apparently bogus contract for the supply of vehicles and motorcycles for the use of troops involved in an anti-terrorism offensive in Nigeria’s beleaguered northeastern zone.

 

Reports have further disclosed that the alleged scam forced the Concerned Soldiers and Officers From the North East to petition President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to order an investigation into the contract.

 

The petitioners revealed that Mr Buratia was acting through his alleged proxy, Usman Gamawa, founder of Baggash Investment Limited.

 

The old vehicles were reportedly bought in Niger Republic and later refurbished at Mogadishu Cantonment under the supervision of Staff Sergeant Dadan Garba.

 

“If President Buhari can give service chiefs enough money to buy equipment, why are they buying old ones?” the petitioners asked.

 

The petition claims that the property the Buratais acquired in Dubai was bought from a company, SIGMA 111 Limited.

 

According to a document exclusively received by SaharaReporters, General Buratai and his wives had, on January 13, 2013, reached an agreement with the seller for the purchase of the property, Project TFG Marina Hotel, Unit 2711. The asking price was AED 1,542,000.00 (or $419,826.06 or N120m). They alleged that General Buratai paid a total sum of AED 1,498, 534.00 (N115.6m) because the sellers gave concessions of AED 43,466, made up of “incentives, promotions, and early payment bonus.”

 

The agreement indicating full payment for the house and the handing over of ownership to the Buratais was signed on January 13, 2014. The document identified the COAS as “Mr. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, holder of passport No. A04250623.” The general’s wives were identified as Mrs. Aishatu Tukur Buratai, holder of passport No. A03400260, and Mrs. Umar Kalsum Tukur Buratai, holder of passport No. A03239920.

 

A spokesman to the General Buratai admitted that the general owned a house in Dubai, but denied the allegation that the COAS and his wives had purchased a home in Dubai by making a single payment.

 

“Please know that the allegation on the Chief of Army Staff and members of his family owning a property in Dubai is an old one. It is a fact that the family bought such property through personal savings and [it] was paid for instalmentally since 2013.

 

It may interest you to know that this petition is not new because there was [a] similar allegation in March this year, [but] it could not see the light of the day because there was no substance in it,” he said. 

 

General Buratai’s spokesman added that some human rights organizations and well-meaning individuals confirmed that information about his property in Dubai was in the general’s assets declaration form.

 

“The mentioned assets were always declared in his asset declaration forms as Commander MNJTF and the most recent one was when he was appointed Chief of Army Staff in July 2015,” the aide stated.

 

He added: “As regards to the contractor, the Chief of Army Staff has nothing to do with it. But when it came to his knowledge, he instituted a commission of inquiry, which investigated it and made far-reaching recommendations which were being implemented.” He said the inquiry found out that the vehicles were not refurbished.

 

 

 

Source SaharaReporters

Posted on June, 25 2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
One AIG, Six CPs Emerge DIGs as Police...

BREAKING: JAMB fixes dates for 2018 examination

Saudi Arabia Commiserate With Nigeria, Promises Stronger Ties...

Academic staff of Abia Polytechnic Commences Industrial action...

Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow allegedly assassinated

Bama: Military orders arrest of General for running...

First womb-transplant baby born

Woman burns granddaughter’s fingers over noodles in Benin...

Synagogue Church Building Collapse :Court Sends two Engineers...

Manchester United sign soft drinks partner in Nigeria...

Trump Invites Buhari To Washington

ISIL And NUSRA Front Excluded As Syria Talks...
News Abia Election Special (3) Abia Supplementary Polls Update (18) Abia Supplementary Result update (22) Appointments (8) Breaking News (196) Business (42) Campus News (3) Crime (125) Economy (112) Education (128) Entertainment (148) Fashion and Style (3) General (835) Health (109) Inside Africa (41) International News (303) Interviews (28) National (1953) Politics (982) Press Releases (116) Religion (9) Security (128) Sports (431) Technology (24) World News (87)

 

 

Advertisement

 

Latest News BREAKING: NANS suspends nationwide protest over election postponement Pray if you want elections to hold, CAN tell Nigerians Abia police arrest three INEC officials with 10,000 PVCs Buhari has already lost February 16 poll - Obaze President Buhari congratulates new NLC leadership CCB refuses access to Kyari, Amaechi, Fashola’s asset declaration forms Group Writes Buhari,Warns Orji Uzor Kalu Over Plot to Kill Abia Deputy Governor 739 Town Unions Adopt Governor Okezie Ikpeazu For 2019 Why Buhari didn’t ask voters to back APC candidates in Imo — Presidency 2019: Hold Buhari, APC responsible if polls go wrong – PDP

 

Most Read Islamic agenda for Nigeria – Pastor Bosun (24,525 views) 47 YEARS AFTER, HIS EXCELLENCY, COMMODORE EBITU UKIWE (Rtd) MAKES THE “OFO NDI IGBO” RECIPIENTS LIST (17,662 views) The show of shame that sealed Justice Uzokwe’s fate (17,639 views) Breaking News : Dr Okezie Ikpeazu resigns from Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA). (7,864 views) Lawyers accuse Lagos Police of working for PDP (7,457 views) Radio Biafra delivers AM Transmitter (7,215 views) ‘Why fuel scarcity persists’ (6,304 views) Abiriba Kingdom Celebrates as Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (IV) marks 14th year on the throne (6,005 views) Nurse Justina Obi Ejelonu, one of the nurses that contracted Ebola virus is dead!!! (5,857 views) Cojoined Twins Abby And Brittany Hensel Pose in Bikini (5,709 views)