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Arms deal: EFCC begins interrogation of army officers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced interrogation of army officers allegedly indicted in ongoing investigation into the arms procurement scam in the…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced interrogation of army officers allegedly indicted in ongoing investigation into the arms procurement scam in the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Daily Trust gathered yesterday that a senior officer who was serving at the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) has been facing interrogation at the EFCC Head offices in Abuja.
According to security sources, the officer who was appointed under the leadership of the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai was recently removed, after being fingered in the alleged arms scam.
Daily Trust learnt that the officer was at the EFCC head office in Abuja yesterday evening giving his statement to anti-graft interrogators.
The EFCC also has in custody the former Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe at its Abuja head office, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.
Military sources hinted that Colonel Adegbe was recalled by army authorities from a Defence College abroad where has been studying shortly after the general elections to face EFCC interrogation.
It was further learnt that Colonel Adegbe was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, and brought to Abuja.
Sources stated that Adegbe was seen in company of Military Police and Intelligence Officers at the Nigeria Army Defence Headquarters Garrison at the Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja, before being whisked away.
An EFCC source stated that the interrogation of these top army officers ushered a new phase of the investigation into the arms procurement scam.
Contacted yesterday, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said he was not aware of the matter, just as army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman.
On the arrest of the former ADC, Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said: “I cannot say whether he is arrested or not. But any person who is involved in the arms matters would be arrested.
“We are in support of the policies of the Federal Government in tackling the menace of corruption in this country. We have said that we will support the ongoing investigation into the diversion of public funds,” he added.
He noted that: “Whosoever is involved is immaterial. I don’t have such information but whosoever is involved, we will support the relevant agencies to do their jobs,” the Defence spokesman stated.

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