by Nero Ughwujabo | London |February 13
The Nigerian army have handed over 12 senior officers to the anti-corruption agency EFCC for their alleged involvement in the arms deal scandal.
The army said that if EFCC is able to uncover sufficient evidence against the 12, they will be indicted and tried in a special military court.
The army has not named any of the 12 officers in question but has said they included 6 serving Generals
The probe into the arms deal scandal began last year when Buhari started a Presidential enquiry. The enquiry quickly turned into a scandal when it was found that fake contracts worth $2bn (£1.3bn) were awarded by the previous administration.
The central allegation is that public funds, which was intended for the purchase of arms to fight Islamist group, Boko Haram, was diverted to other purposes.
At the centre of the scandal is the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who was charged in December and remains in custody.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the 12 officers referred to the EFCC included three serving major generals, one retired major general, three brigadier generals, four colonels and a lieutenant colonel.
The army’s announcement follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s order last month to investigate 20 former military chiefs and officers over the alleged arms procurement fraud.