How we spent funds for mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions — Bu­ratai

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye, Lagos

The Chief of Army Staff of Nige­ria, Lt. Gen­eral Tukur Yusuf Bu­ratai has re­sponded to the joint Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the So­cioE­co­nomic Rights and Ac­count­abil­ity Project, the Enough is Enough and the BudgIT re­quest­ing him to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on spend­ing on mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions across the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in the north­east.

SERAP Se­nior Le­gal Ad­viser Bamisope Adeyanju said yes­ter­day that Bu­ratai’s “bulky pho­to­graphic and tex­tual doc­u­men­ta­tion with a cover let­ter dated 24 De­cem­ber 2018 was de­liv­ered to SERAP’s of­fice last Fri­day by a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer at around 11:40am.”

The let­ter, signed on Bu­ratai’s be­half by Bri­gadier-Gen­eral S.B. Kuma­payi, read in part: “The Nige­rian Army (NA) has in re­cent time come un­der un­re­lent­ing pub­lic scru­tiny by both pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and Non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions over is­sues of ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds. The most re­cent be­ing a call from your or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Nige­rian Army to ex­plain how funds ap­pro­pri­ated for the NA un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Chief of Army Staff were uti­lized.”

Adeyanju, on be­half of the civil so­ci­ety groups, said: “This is a joint FOI re­quest in­volv­ing EiE and BudgIT and not just SERAP. There­fore, our groups will care­fully study the let­ter and doc­u­men­ta­tion by Mr Bu­ratai to see if de­tails of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided meet the re­quire­ments of our re­quest and then promptly re­spond him, as ap­pro­pri­ate.

“A quick look at the doc­u­men­ta­tion shows a list of sev­eral projects re­port­edly im­ple­mented by the Nige­rian Army. Among those listed and dis­played, which ap­peared to show cer­tain projects the Nige­rian Army said it car­ried out with bud­geted funds, in­clude: places where op­er­a­tions were car­ried out; ren­o­va­tion of bar­racks and mil­i­tary hos­pi­tals, spend­ing to hon­our late sol­diers; train­ings and work­shops; re­pairs of some old mil­i­tary equip­ment; and com­ple­tion of of­fices and hous­ing projects. Oth­ers are feed­ing of sol­diers; build­ing of new bar­racks and schools; ac­qui­si­tion of arms and am­mu­ni­tion and ve­hi­cles for mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions; as well as pro­vi­sion of wel­fare for sol­diers.” to

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