The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Ambassador Tukur Buratai has denied diverting funds meant for the procurement of arms to prosecute the war against insurgency and banditry while in office.
This comes days after the National Security Advisor, Babagana Monguno, had declared that the newly appointed service chiefs did not meet the funds approved for the procurement of arms upon their resumption of office.
But in a clarification signed by his lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, Buratai asked those still in doubt to channel their queries to the Ministry of Defence for details on how funds meant for arms were disbursed.
“My attention has been drawn to an interview granted BBC by National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Monguno, wherein he was alleged to have accused former service chiefs of filtering arms fund away,” the statement read.
“I can confirm that Lt. General Buratai and other ex-service chiefs were never mentioned in the interview and neither was any arms fund missing under the stewardship of Lt. Gen T.Y. Buratai.
“Interestingly, NSA Babagana Monguno has denied making such accusations. We, therefore, urge members of the public to discountenance any such misquoted narrative suggesting sleaze on the integrity of Rtd Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai.
“Anyone interested in knowing how arms were procured by the ex-service chiefs and particularly Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai should channel such request for information to the Ministry of Defence.”