Seized Abuja property not mine, says Buratai | Dailytrust

Seized Abuja property not mine, says Buratai

A Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (Retd)
A Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (Retd)

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said he has no relationship with the seized property by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

Last week, the commission came up with a disclosure that some property including exotic cars were seized but failed to mention the name of the owner.

A Mercedes Benz 2022, Bulletproof G Wagon (voice customized), valued at NI50 million and a BMW vehicle were recovered during the execution of a search warrant on the house.

Shortly after, there were reports that the seized property belonged to the former CoAS.

Buratai, at a press briefing, through his legal adviser, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, described the report as a factless one.

He said during the briefing, “We have read through the said factless publication and we have sought the views of LT Gen. T.Y. Buratai (RTD) and we can confirm that the said publication is filled with mischief, baseless and concocted.

“Lt. Gen.T.Y. Buratai has no relationship with the said properties nor does he have any relationship with the said K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited. These are fabricated lies to criminally defame the image of LT Gen.T.Y. Buratai.

“First, ICPC in a Press Release on June 24 2022 denied any involvement of LT. Gen.T.Y. Buratai with their investigation of the Wuse 2 Property.

“Secondly, Corporate Affairs Commission in a letter dated Monday, 27 June 2022 and signed by A.G. Abubakar clearly exonerated LT Gen.T.Y. Buratai with any relationship with the said K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited.

“Messrs. Muhammed Ahmed Sallau and Sallau Kabiru are the owners of the said company.

“Thirdly, a check on the FRSC website on the number plate: ABJ98BH attached to the Mercedez Benz is false. Checks show that the said Plate number belongs to a Toyota Corolla custom colour.

“We, therefore, use this medium to urge restraint on those who are trying to politicize what is purely a matter being investigated.

“With ICPC having cleared the air on this subject matter it will be preposterous to now try to politicize the matter.”

He said Buratai was already taking action against those spreading the falsehood.

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