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Friday, 19 May 2017

Alleged Military Graft: Corruption In Military Hampers Insurgency Fight -Transparency International

Alleged Military Graft

Transparency international says corruption in military is weakening Nigeria's efforts to effectively battle the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The group states that the president Muhammadu Buhari's promise to tackle corruption and terrorism is being hampered by lack of transparency in the military contract awards.

"Corrupt military officials have been able to benefit from the conflict through the creation of fake defence contracts, the proceeds of which are often laundered abroad in the UK, US and elsewhere.”
This it says makes it difficult for the military to acquire the required equipment and training to take on the militants who are armed with sophisticated weapons.
The group calls on the government to make its defence budget and procurement systems more transparent.
In 2016, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said around $15 billion had been stolen from the public purse under the previous government through fraudulent arms procurement deals.
According to Transparency International, this had left the military “without vital equipment, insufficiently trained, low in morale and under-resourced”.
“This has crippled the Nigerian military in fighting an aggressive ideologically inspired enemy such as Boko Haram,” the watchdog said, pointing to cases of soldiers taking on the militants without ammunition or fuel.

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