To prevent past practices where funds meant for fighting insurgency in the northeast were embezzled, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, has ordered the Military Police to carry out a forensic audit of all formations and units in the northeast, Daily Trust has reported.
Buratai said the success recorded by the army in the counterinsurgency operation owes to the prudent application of resources, adding that the audit, which also involves other army formations across the country, is aimed at ensuring that money allocated to the army is judiciously utilised.
“The military police is presently carrying out a forensic audit of every formation in the Nigerian Army and, in particular, our operations in the northeast.
“We are looking into the details of how funds were utilised in all our operations, especially in the northeast, in order to ensure that we justify what has been given to the Army,’’ Buratai said when Ugochukwu Osuagwu, Principal Partner of St Francis Xavier Solicitors paid him visit.
Ugochukwu had written to the Code of Conduct Bureau to get the details of Buratai’s asset declaration form in the wake of allegations that he bought properties in Dubai as Chief of Army Staff.
According to Ugochukwu, his letter to the CCB was borne out of the need to unearth the truth and now that it has been established that the properties in question were declared, the matter should be rested.
“When this issue came up I felt there was a need for the central body, which is the Code of Conduct Bureau, to put an end to this matter.
“My firm wrote to the CCB and in the letter of July 11 it was clearly stated that the said asset was in his asset declaration form and the said property was declared in his wife’s name,” he said.
Buratai commended the lawyer’s action and urged Nigerians to follow his example, adding that the army remains committed to transparency and the fight against corruption.